MLB notes: Yankees' Mark Teixeira could be gone until June

New York Yankees Mark Teixeira hits a single in the sixth inning of their MLB baseball spring...

New York Yankees Mark Teixeira hits a single in the sixth inning of their MLB baseball spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Tampa, Florida February 28, 2013. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)

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Mark Teixeira doesn’t know when he’ll return from injury, only that he doesn’t want to come back too soon and risk season-ending surgery.

“This is one of those things, I can’t come back too early,” the New York Yankees first baseman told MLB.com. “Unfortunately, if I try to play too early, we could miss the whole season, and we don’t want that. I don’t know if it’s going to be middle of May, beginning of May, beginning of June. I don’t know when it is, but I know that there’s a whole bunch of season left – and the time that really matters is the playoffs.”

The Yankees believe there’s a 70% chance Teixeira won’t require surgery on the partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, an injury he sustained while hitting off a tee earlier this month. The team originally announced it was a wrist strain.

The injury is similar to the one Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista suffered in July last season. Bautista returned after five weeks of recovery only to re-injure his wrist and go under the knife, ending his season.

Teixeira, 32, batted .251 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs in 123 games for New York last season.

GREINKE PAIN-FREE

Los Angeles Dodgers fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

Zack Greinke, the team’s big-ticket off-season acquisition, threw a pain-free bullpen session Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times. That’s an improvement over last week when he told the paper he wasn’t sure what was wrong with him after experiencing elbow discomfort, putting his scheduled Dodgers debut April 2 in doubt.

Asked whether he’s back on track for the start, Greinke dodged the question.

“I’m just doing what’s laid out,” Greinke said. “Our team, we got other starting pitchers. I’ve got to be ready. They’re going to weigh all that and decide when I’m going to pitch and stuff.”

Greinke added: “I want to do what’s best for the team. It’s not important what day."

The 29-year-old signed a six-year, $147-million contract with the Dodgers in the off-season. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner had a 3.48 earned-run average and 200 strikeouts in 212.1 innings between the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels in 2012.

DOC NEEDS A DOC

Roy Halladay was pulled from Sunday’s spring training tilt early, but not because of another bad outing.

The Philadelphia Phillies right-hander was taken out his Grapefruit League start after one inning due to a stomach virus, the team announced.

Halladay allowed a hit, a walk and struck out one batter before exiting the game.

Halladay has struggled on the mound this spring. He entered Sunday’s game with a 7.36 earned-run average over 11 innings and has had trouble with his velocity.

RED SOX FLIRT WITH PERFECTION

The Boston Red Sox came within two batters of a rare spring training perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Boston used four pitchers – Jon Lester, Anthony Carter, Joel Hanrahan and Marco Duarte – to get the first 25 outs before Jason Bourgeois broke the streak with an infield single. The Red Sox ended up with a 5-1 victory.

The last time a perfect game was thrown during spring training was in 2000 when the Red Sox notched a 5-0 win against the Blue Jays.


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