The New York Yankees are dealing with an abundance of injured players this season. In fact, 10 players currently sit on the crowded disabled list. However, the good news is that several big-named players are right on schedule in their rehabilitation process, including third baseman Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira.
Rodriguez was just recently given the go ahead to begin baseball activities. Obviously, this is great news for the Yankees as the 19-year veteran will play a huge part in the team’s run for a postseason berth down the stretch. Rodriguez will meet up with other New York starters at the Florida training complex on Monday so that he can stay on schedule to get back to the big leagues.
“Every conversation we’ve had with the physical therapist is that he’s exactly where he needs to be,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Yankees.com. “He’s on time, he’s working hard. I’ve never heard anything about he’s ahead of schedule or ahead of time.”
Assuming there are no setbacks in his rehab process, Rodriguez should be able to join the team after the All-Star break. That is the same time shortstop and team captain Derek Jeter is expected to make his return.
Meanwhile, Teixeira recently participated in indoor batting practice at Yankee Stadium. He will also be joining the extended spring team in Florida, along with the other superstars. The 33-year-old is hopeful that he will be able to make his 2013 Major League Baseball debut in the later part of May. However, it is more likely that early June is a more accurate time frame for him to return to the big leagues.
The fact that the Yankees are currently 17-10 and in second place in the American League East is quite amazing, especially with four of the top run producers on the disabled list. Considering New York has been able to stay afloat without their top players should worry other teams in the AL. Once the Yankees become full strength, it is hard to imagine anyone stopping them later this season.