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Mark Teixeira feeling better, hopes to play soon

New York Yankees' Mark Teixiera celebrates with teammates

New York Yankees' Mark Teixiera celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 in Toronto. Photo Credit: AP / Fred Thornhill

Mark Teixeira, though likely out through the weekend, feels dramatically better.

"Two days ago I couldn't walk," said Teixeira, out since leaving Monday's game with a significant bone bruise.

Teixeira needed crutches to get around Tuesday and Wednesday. He did his first baseball activities on Friday, taking batting practice indoors and playing catch outside.

"The first two days were really bad, the last two days have been really good," said Teixeira, who added his last step will be running, a step he's unsure when he'll try. "If I keep getting better at this pace, I should be fine in a couple of days."

Joe Girardi didn't sound as if he thought Teixeira's return would be quite that quick.

"I was hopeful we'd get him back this weekend," Girardi said. "I'm not sure that will happen."

Good test for Severino

Rookie RHP Luis Severino makes his fourth start on Saturday, his second against the Indians.

"[Today's] the first time he's going to face a team twice," Girardi said. "You always wonder how guys respond to that. But I feel pretty good every time he takes the mound. I mean, this kid's got really good stuff and he's got a lot of poise when he goes out there."

Mitchell update

RHP Bryan Mitchell, who suffered a nasal fracture and concussion Monday when he was hit with a line drive, was scheduled to play catch on Friday.

"He is progressing pretty well," Girardi said.

Ellsbury gets rest

With the Yankees in a stretch of 16 straight games, Jacoby Ellsbury was not in the starting lineup Friday night.

"Before he got hurt [May 20] he was clearly on pace to be an All-Star," Girardi said. "Ever since I sat him that day in Cleveland, I think he's been back to pretty good form . . . I think he's back."

Since that day off Aug. 12 to clear his head, Ellsbury posted a .361/.378/.528 slash line the next eight games.

Ellsbury had a pinch-hit single in the seventh and then played centerfield.

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