Mark Teixeira finally admits a May 1 return isn’t happening

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Mark Teixeira kept saying he wanted to return from the disabled list on May 1 long after it became clear that wasn’t going to happen and now the Yankees first baseman admits his wrist injury will need more time.

“Obviously, I was being as optimistic as I could,” Teixeira told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “I wish that the very first time I swung a bat, I’d be like, ‘Wow, I feel 100 percent.’ But the chances of that happening weren’t there, but I was always going to hope for that and prepare for that.”

Teixeira has not yet been cleared to take batting practice, so the initial 8-10 week recovery timetable that he was given in late March looks about right. Players are always optimistic, whereas doctors have, like, degrees and stuff.

Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

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Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound — is in Tanaka’s immediate future.

Tanaka is scheduled to throw off a mound Sunday, which will be his first real (well, fake real) pitching action since the June 9th injury. Assuming the session goes well, Tanaka is expected to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation sometime in early-to-mid July. With the All-Star break coming the week of July 16, it would not be hard to imagine the Yankees giving him a few extra days to get right.

Tanaka is 7-2 with a 4.58 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 73/19 in 72.2 innings on the season.