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Mark Teixeira about ready to put healed leg fracture to test

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira walks

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira walks with crutches before a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

It may be a long way off from spring training, but on Wednesday Mark Teixeira said that after a month of workouts, he'll soon be ready to test the leg that he fractured in August.

"It's great," Teixeira said about his right leg at a charity event in midtown. "I've been able to work out for a month now with no problems."

The first baseman fouled a ball off his leg and was originally believed to have sustained a bone bruise, but further tests in September revealed he'd fractured his right shin -- an injury that derailed an All-Star season for Teixeira and cost the Yankees a valuable power bat down the stretch.

Though Teixeira isn't quite ready to say he's 100 percent, he said the recovery is "progressing really well."

"You never know until you start running or doing baseball activity, but it's a long offseason, so I'll start testing it soon," he said.

Teixeira took pictures and walked with no discernible discomfort while on hand to represent Harlem RBI, a nonprofit geared toward helping inner-city youth, at the Bloomberg Tradebook’s Charity Day. In April 2011, he donated $1 million to the organization to help found its DREAM charter school.

"It's been very exciting," said Teixeira, who became involved with the charity six years ago, shortly after joining the Yankees. "There's a lot of work that goes into it, but it's been so satisfying to see how it affects our kids."

The switch hitter had a team-leading 31 home runs and 79 RBIs before hurting himself on Aug. 17, and played two more games, on Aug. 25 and 26, before getting shut down for good. It was a frustrating end to a season where Teixeira often talked about how happy he was to finally be fully healthy. Back and wrist injuries limited him to 123 games in 2014, a year he batted .216.

"It was just unlucky, but that's life," he said. "Life happens. The only thing I can do is work hard, have a great offseason and have another great year next year."

Every assumption is it will be with the Yankees. The slugger has one more year on his contract, and though Greg Bird filled in admirably in his absence, the likelihood of a trade seems somewhat slim, thanks to the no-trade clause in Teixeira's contract. For now, Teixeira is less concerned about what the Yankees will do with their glut of first basemen, and more concerned with getting back to the form that led to his third All-Star year and his recent Gold Glove nomination.

"Those things always work themselves out, so I'm not really worried about it too much," he said. "I know when I'm on the field, I'm going to do my best. They work themselves out."


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