Mark Teixeira feared the worst Monday night when he was drilled with a Jeremy Guthrie fastball on his right elbow and watched it balloon up into something that looked, in his words, “pretty nasty.”

There’s still some mild swelling and discoloration, the first baseman said this morning, but he expects to play tomorrow at Dunedin against the Blue Jays.

“Better today, good range of motion,” Teixeira said. “Got here real early, doing a bunch of treatment so things are getting better…I’m going to try to play tomorrow. If all things go well, in couple hours maybe take some swings off the tee, just see how it feels, give it one more day and try to play tomorrow.”

Teixeira, at the suggestion of trainer Steven Donohue, will wear a protective elbow pad for at least the next few days, something he hasn’t done before.

“I think Steve wants me to just to make sure,” Teixeira said. “I’ve never worn one, never liked to wear one but I’ll take the precaution and wear one for a couple days.”

Overall, Teixeira said he feels extremely fortunate.

“Very lucky,” Teixeira said. “Anytime you get hit on a bone a lot of bad things can happen so I feel very blessed to only be out a couple days.”

He expects to play tomorrow, “unless something crazy happens. “I’m very encouraged with how I feel today.”

Also, Alfedo Aceves, out the last few days with a sore back, said he will throw a few pitches off a mound today and hopes to pitch and inning Friday. If that's the case, he'll be on the opening day roster and not need a stint on the DL. 

As for today's lineup against the Twins, it goes this way:

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Jeter ss

Thames dh

Posada c

A-Rod 3b

Swisher rf

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Granderson cf

Gardner lf

Pena 2b

Miranda 1b

Phil Huges gets the start with Joba Chamberlain, Chan Ho Park, Dave Robertson, Royce Ring and Boone Logan scheduled to follow him.