MLB notes: Teixeira out longer than expected

New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira takes batting practice during MLB spring training workouts in...

New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira takes batting practice during MLB spring training workouts in Tampa, Florida February 21, 2013. (REUTERS/Scott Audette)

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Mark Teixeira will be out of the New York Yankees lineup longer than expected.

The first baseman originally targeted May 1 as a possible return date from a wrist injury, but says that’s no longer possible.

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

The 33-year-old said he felt no pain taking dry swings but doesn’t feel his wrist is loose enough to hit balls.

Teixeira tore the tendon sheath in his right wrist while preparing for the World Baseball Classic in March.

BONDS PLAQUE MISSING

A plaque commemorating Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 756th home run that hung on the right-centre field wall at AT&T Park has gone missing.

“We’re in the process of replacing it,” a San Francisco Giants spokesperson told the Associated Press. “We’re not sure what happened. We’re reviewing video, but haven’t found anything yet.”

Glue can still be seen on the brick wall where the plaque used to be. The team is in the process of replacing it.

Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s career home run record Aug. 7, 2007 in San Francisco. He retired as a Giant after the ’07 season with 762 homers.

BACK-TO-BACK BROS

B.J. and Justin Upton accomplished a rare feat Tuesday night.

The Atlanta Braves outfielders were the first major-league brother duo to hit back-to-back home runs in 75 years.

Hall of Famers Lloyd and Paul Waner are the only other pair to have done the feat while with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 15, 1938.

The home runs were B.J.’s third and Justin’s 11th of the season. It was also the third time this season both have homered in the same game.

It was also the 27th time in MLB that brothers had homered in the same game.

VALVERDE BACK IN FOLD

Jose Valverde is back with the Detroit Tigers at a discount.

After collecting $9 million in a disappointing 2012 season in Detroit, Valverde has signed a one-year deal worth $2 million that could turn into $5 million with incentives, Fox Sports reports. He will be the team’s closer.

Valverde had closed games for the Tigers in the previous three seasons before the team let him walk as a free agent after the post-season. Unable to find work in the off-season, he signed a minor-league deal with Detroit in April.


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