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Mark Teixeira plays simulated game in Tampa, continues to make progess

Mark Teixeira safely slides home to score on

Mark Teixeira safely slides home to score on Jayson Nix's RBI single in the fourth inning. (Aug. 11, 2012) Credit: AP

TORONTO — Mark Teixeira’s strained left calf passed another test Thursday morning, though it still is unknown whether the first baseman will rejoin the Yankees before they return home next week for their final three games of the regular season.

Joe Girardi said Teixeira played in a simulated game in Tampa, doing everything game-related. He had seven at-bats, fielded and ran the bases.

“To me, the biggest test is running the bases,” Girardi said. “Because I think he can protect it in the field if he has to. Sometimes you get in a situation, like he was in Baltimore, and your mind tells you, ‘I got to go.’”

That was a reference to Sept. 8, when Teixeira aggravated the injury to his calf, which he originally hurt Aug. 27, while legging out a double-play ball that ended a one-run loss to the Orioles. He hasn’t played since.

Girardi said the plan is for Teixeira to take Friday off and play in another simulated game Saturday. “You’d like to know that he’s 100 percent when you put him back out there,” Girardi said.

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