WASHINGTON (AP) - New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira hopes to get the protective brace on his injured right wrist removed Monday.
Speaking before New York's exhibition game at the Washington Nationals on Friday, Teixeira said his goal is to rejoin the Yankees as soon as May 1.
He will start the season on the disabled list because of a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist.
``Like a pitcher coming back from Tommy John (elbow surgery), throwing through pain isn't a good idea,'' Teixeira said. ``So I just have to be smart with it.''
He has been taking grounders since last weekend and practice swings with one hand on his bat.
``My plan is to not skip a beat when I come back,'' Teixeira said.

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