ST. PETERSBURG -- Mark Teixeira singled in five Minor League at-bats on Friday and is moving closer to being activated by the Yankees, who are planning on having him in the lineup on Sunday against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Teixeira, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his right hamstring, played five innings at first base on Friday at the Yankees' Himes Avenue complex. He is scheduled to play seven innings on Saturday.
"Another good day," Teixeira told The Associated Press. "Couldn't be happier with how it's progressing."
Teixeira injured his hamstring while reaching for a foul ball on April 4 in Toronto.
"Just as long as he's feeling good, I think, is the important thing," manager Joe Girardi said. "So far, everything has been good."
Girardi said that the Yankees have not yet decided who will come off the 25-man roster to make room for Teixeira.
"There's too much that can happen in two days," Girardi said. "We'll figure that out when we have to."
Teixeira will have company on Saturday at the complex; right-hander David Robertson (left groin strain) is scheduled to pitch in a game as he prepares to be activated from the DL on Tuesday.
Infielder Brendan Ryan (cervical spine nerve injury) is also in game action, tuning up to join the big league club sometime in May.
"It's nice to be almost a player again," said Ryan, who played in his last Spring Training game on March 4. "It's coming along great."
'Lucky' Beltran rests; MRI negative
ST. PETERSBURG -- Carlos Beltran had an MRI exam on his left shoulder and his right wrist after tumbling over a short wall in right field during Thursday's 10-2 Yankees victory over the Rays. The tests were negative, but the outfielder said that he is feeling sore.
Beltran was chasing Desmond Jennings' third-inning fly ball down the right-field line and never looked down to see the fence. He flipped over the wall and landed hard but was able to stay in the game.
"If I had the chance to do it again, I wish I would have looked," Beltran said. "When that ball was hit, I thought I had a chance to make a catch. I didn't want to take my eyes off the baseball because of the roof. Then all of a sudden, I was all over the place."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Beltran was not available to play on Friday, but the team is hopeful that Beltran will be ready to play on Saturday.
"It's really encouraging," Girardi said. "We don't want him to be out for a long period of time. We've just got to get him to where he's feeling a little bit better."
Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts was concerned after Beltran went over the fence.
"I thought, 'What's he doing?'" Roberts said. "Obviously the effort's great, but we need him for the long run. Obviously he didn't mean to, but it was scary, for sure. To see him get up and come back over [was a relief]. I wasn't sure if he was going to get up or not."
Beltran said that he saw a video clip of his tumble after Thursday's game and that he considers himself fortunate not to have been more seriously injured.
"Honestly, I am lucky, yeah," Beltran said. "I laughed after, but I was like, 'Man, you know what? This could have been pretty bad.' Thank God I was able to walk and play the game."
• Brian Roberts was out of the Yankees' starting lineup on Friday, one night after going 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. Girardi said that he had not planned to play Roberts four days on artificial turf, so the manager decided to rest Roberts because he had run a lot on Thursday.
• The Yankees are leaning toward giving left-hander Vidal Nuno a spot start on Sunday. They need a starting pitcher because of Tuesday's rainout against the Cubs, which set up a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. Nuno could give the Yanks 75 pitches, Girardi said.
• Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will see the Red Sox for the first time next week. Girardi said that Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia are his scheduled starters for the series at Fenway Park, which kicks off on Tuesday.
• On this date in 1923, the first game was played at Yankee Stadium as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox, 4-1. Bob Shawkey recorded the win and Babe Ruth hit the first home run, a three-run shot in the third inning.