Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran, dealing with very different ailments, can breathe a sigh of relief. For now, anyway.
Teixeira, who sat out the entire three-game series against the Cardinals this week because of soreness in his surgically repaired right wrist, was evaluated by his surgeon, Dr. Keith Raskin, late Thursday morning at New York University Hospital.
After an ultrasound test, Raskin confirmed what had been announced as the likely issue Tuesday -- inflammation.
"It was what we expected,'' general Brian Cashman said Thursday afternoon from the Stadium. "It was what they felt it was on the ground in St. Louis and what he [Teixeira] was getting over the phone [from Raskin]. Obviously, it's positive reinforcement.''
Positive in that there appears to be no new damage to the tendon sheath that Raskin repaired last July. Teixeira is listed as day-to-day, though with four straight days off, it's very possible he'll be in the lineup Friday night when the Yankees and Twins open a series at the Stadium.
Beltran took another step in the direction of dodging in-season surgery on the bone spur in his right elbow that has kept him out since May 13. He took 25 swings from each side of the plate Thursday morning in the indoor batting cage at the Stadium, receiving soft-toss from hitting coach Kevin Long. Beltran did not experience any discomfort and is scheduled to repeat the same workout Friday.
Beltran took Wednesday off after taking 15 swings, both lefthanded and righthanded, with a fungo bat Monday and a regular bat Tuesday.
"So far, so good,'' Cashman said. "We're not out of the woods yet but we're certainly getting more hopeful.''
Hopeful that Beltran, who has received two cortisone shots in the elbow since going on the disabled list, can avoid surgery that would cost him what the Yankees have estimated to be six to 12 weeks, with the longer time frame more likely because of his age.
Cashman said he never considered surgery for Beltran to be a foregone conclusion.
"It was one of those things, you don't know,'' he said. "If he responds to the shots, great. If not, then you have to have surgery. So far he has passed every test on it.''
As for Teixeira's flare-up with his wrist, Cashman said it was "maybe a little more extreme than I expected'' but that in the bigger picture, he wasn't concerned that the tendon sheath somehow was re-torn.
"At the end of the day, I know the surgery done on the wrist solved the problem,'' Cashman said of the tear Teixeira suffered in early March 2013 while preparing for the World Baseball Classic in Arizona. "As you go forward in the first year, there will be soreness from time to time and you back off. That's not unexpected.''
That was similar to words of reassurance Teixeira received from Raskinover the phoneearlier this week.
"If the doctor says, 'Hey Mark, fly back to New York, I need to see this,' then I get worried,'' Teixeira said Tuesday. "But he told me, 'I'm surprised you haven't needed days off before this. You've done really well.'
"We knew there were going to be ups and downs this first season back and we'd have to take the time to get it right. It was fully expected that the first season, this season, we were going to have to make sure that we stayed on top of it.''