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 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -Mark Teixiera isn't likely to be back in the Texas Rangers lineup until after the All-Star break because of his strained left quadriceps.
Teixeira is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Sunday, but the switch-hitting first baseman isn't going to be ready then.
``Muscle strains, you've just got to let them heal,'' Teixeira said Tuesday. ``You feel good, but you've just got to take it easy. ... I'm walking fine, but I can't be doing full-out running just yet.''
His rehabilitation so far consists mainly of exercises in a pool.
Teixeira wouldn't give a timetable for his return, but Rangers manager Ron Washington said he doesn't expect Teixeira back until after the All-Star break, which is from July 9-11.
Teixeira played in a franchise-record 507 consecutive games before going on the DL on June 9. He didn't travel with the team for its six-game road trip last week and instead watched games on television.
``It's real tough, but it's part of the game,'' Teixeira said. ``I've been lucky to be healthy basically my whole career. If there's a little bump in the road, I have so many years ahead of me, that a bump in the road is not a big deal.''
Teixeira got hurt June 8 when he landed awkwardly on the first base bag running out a grounder. He was hitting .302 with a team-high 12 homers and 41 RBIs in 61 games.
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