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Mark Teixeira expects to come off disabled list Sunday

Mark Teixeira of the Yankees stretches out before

Mark Teixeira of the Yankees stretches out before the start of a spring training game against the Washington Nationals on March 3, 2014 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. Credit: Getty Images / Brian Blanco

TAMPA, Fla. -- Mark Teixeira has said for more than a week he expects to come off the disabled list Sunday, the first day he's eligible.

The first baseman was even more resolute Thursday.

"I'll be ready Sunday," Teixeira said after going 0-for-1 with two walks and a strikeout in a minor league game. "I don't make the transactions. I will be fully ready to play Sunday and will be very disappointed if I don't."

Teixeira has been on the DL since April 5 with a Grade 1 strain in his right adductor muscle, a muscle that runs alongside the hamstring. It was originally announced as a hamstring strain but Teixeira clarified Thursday it was an adductor.

Regardless, the 34-year-old said if the injury had occurred later in the season, he never would have gone to the DL. "I've felt good since Day 3 so I've had no problems," Teixeira said. "It was so minor. I would be kicking and fighting to play if it wasn't so early. The second half of the season, I'd be playing."

Teixeira is scheduled to take five at-bats in five innings in another minor league game Friday. He will be joined at the minor league complex by SS Brendan Ryan (back), who will play in a simulated game.


Robertson almost set

David Robertson, on the DL since April 7 with a left groin strain, threw a 25-pitch bullpen session. He said the plan is for him to pitch in a minor league game Saturday in Tampa, take Sunday and Monday off, and then be activated in time for Tuesday night's game in Boston.

"Probably four or five days since I've felt it," Robertson said. "I felt like I could have pitched a couple of days ago."


Into the fire

Scott Sizemore made his debut at first base Thursday night, getting the start against Rays lefthander David Price.

"A little bit unexpected," said the 29-year-old Sizemore, who used Kelly Johnson's glove. "I think I'm ready for it."

Sizemore, called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Tuesday, had been taking some grounders in the minors.

"We're pretty confident he can do it," Joe Girardi said.

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