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Originally published March 15, 2014 at 6:09 PM | Page modified March 15, 2014 at 9:06 PM

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Mark Teixeira of Yankees seeks to avoid repeat of last year’s ‘nightmare’

Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees was limited to 15 games last season because of a wrist problem that required surgery. He is eager to return to the good form from his previous four seasons with the team.


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SARASOTA, Fla. – First baseman Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees is working exceptionally hard this spring and getting daily treatment on his right wrist — everything he can do to make sure he is the player he was in his first four seasons with the team, in which he averaged 34 homers and 106 runs batted in.

Then there was last year.

At the World Baseball Classic last March, Teixeira was hitting off a tee and swinging a weighted bat when his wrist did not feel right. After a series of stints on the disabled list, he had surgery July 1 to repair the tendon sheath on the wrist.

“I can’t even look at a weighted bat anymore,” he said. “Makes me nauseous. Last year was a nightmare.”

Teixeira played 15 games last season, hitting three home runs in 53 at-bats. But he tries not to dwell on that or think about the injury.

“It feels like a normal spring,” the 33-year-old said.

Teixeira, who is batting .167 with one double this spring, is a slow starter — usually through the first month of the regular season.

Notes

• Shin problems are expected to keep Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias out until at least the All-Star break, a source told ESPN.

Ian Kinsler hit two home runs, leading Detroit to a 14-3 victory over Houston in an exhibition game in Lakeland, Fla.

Joe Kelly pitched into the sixth inning and had three hits as the St. Louis Cardinals beat Atlanta 6-2 in Kissimmee, Fla.

• Former Mariner Erik Bedard pitched into the fifth inning in his bid to win a spot in Tampa Bay’s rotation, helping the Rays beat Toronto 6-3 in Port Charlotte, Fla. Bedard allowed three runs and six hits in 41 / 3  innings.

• Ex-Mariner Cliff Lee pitched five scoreless innings in Philadelphia’s 4-1 victory over Boston in Fort Myers, Fla. Lee allowed three hits and struck out three.



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