Mark Teixeira isn't ready to declare himself on the verge of breaking out.
"Little bit better, still a long way to go," the first baseman said after Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Mariners in which he hit his third home run in the last five games. "We still haven't played that many games so I'd like to get better, obviously."
That's not to say the switch-hitting Teixeira, struggling this April as he comes back from a season in which he played in just 15 games because of a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, isn't encouraged.
He is and the results of late, small sample size it may be, have been good.
In the five games since hitting his first homer of the season last Thursday in Boston, the 34-year-old Teixeira is hitting just .231 but he has a .500 on-base percentage with a .923 slugging percentage.
"The last couple of days I've put some good swings on balls and it's good to see the ball getting out of the park and [me] driving it," Teixeira aid. "It's a good sign."
Overall, Teixeira is hitting .231 but with a .375 OBP, the result of eight walks, fifth-highest on the team despite him having spent 15 days on the DL in April with a right hamstring strain.
"I think he's feeling more comfortable as he's getting more at-bats," Joe Girardi said. "You look at his season, it kind of got interrupted when he went on the DL for two weeks. He's swinging the bat well. He's being patient. He's walking and he's doing the things he needs to do, what we're used to seeing from Mark."
Although Teixeira's first home run of the season against the Red Sox and lefty Felix Doubront was without question a positive, the swing came from the right side. The last two homers have come from the left side, the swing most impacted by his right wrist, the swing that has been slower to come back during recovery from surgery.
"That's my swing when I'm healthy," Teixeira told reporters Sunday night after hitting a game-tying homer off righthander Garrett Richards in the Yankees' 3-2 victory over the Angels. "That's the swing that I want."
Teixeira was mostly able to duplicate that swing Tuesday night, taking Mariners righthander Chris Young deep in the second inning.
"I do think the power's [coming back]," Girardi said. "And he probably feels more comfortable up there."
Again, Teixeira is not making too much of a three-homers-in-five-games stretch but it isn't irrelevant, either.
"It tells me I'm getting better, I'm getting close," he said. "When you start driving the ball, you know that's what I'm supposed to be doing. That's a good sign."
Notes & quotes: Wednesday night's postponed game against the Mariners will be made up June 2 at the Stadium, the Yankees announced. Fans with paid tickets can use them for the rescheduled game or exchange their paid tickets for any regular-season game at the Stadium within 12 months of the postponed game (subject to availability). Fans with complimentary tickets have to use them for the June 2 game . . . Hiroki Kuroda will start Thursday night against the Mariners, opposed by lefty Roenis Elias, Wednesday's scheduled starter. Felix Hernandez, scheduled to start Thursday for the Mariners, was pushed to Friday . . . The pregame ceremony to honor legendary broadcaster Bob Wolff, who has been with News 12 the past 28 years, originally scheduled for Wednesday, will now take place Thursday.