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MLB roundup: Teixeira admits he won't returnn on May 1

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Injured New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira had hoped to return on May 1, but he acknowledged this week that's not going to happen.

Teixeira suffered a wrist injury during spring training on March 5. His recovery was estimated at eight to 10 weeks, which put his return between April 30 and May 14. The latter date seems more realistic now.

"Obviously, I was being as optimistic as I could," Teixeira said, according to MLB.com. "I wish that the very first time I swung a bat, I'd be like, wow, I feel 100 percent. But the chances of that happening weren't there. I was always going to hope for that and prepare for that.

"The last thing you want to do is say, well, I don't know when I'll be back and then not train and not have that focus. I'm training, and I'm focused to try to get back on May 1, but it's probably not going to happen."

Last season, Teixeria batted .251 with 24 homers and 84 RBI in 123 games and won a Gold Glove for his work in the field.

With Teixeira out of the lineup during the first month of the season, the Yankees have relied for the most part on Lyle Overbay at first base.

--- Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza was scratched from a rehab outing and was to have his sore right arm re-examined on Wednesday.

Garza, who suffered a strained lat during batting practice on Feb. 17 during spring training in Arizona, was scheduled to throw 45-50 pitches for Class AA Tennessee on Wednesday night.

He threw a two-inning simulated game on Friday in Milwaukee and a bullpen session on Sunday.

"There was nothing going on after that bullpen that day," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "Hopefully, it's just routine normal soreness, dead arm, whatever you want to call it."

--- Houston center fielder Justin Maxwell was placed on the 15-day disabled list after he fractured his left hand on Tuesday night in the Astros' 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

Maxwell was hit by a pitch from Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma in the third inning with the bases loaded, which brought in a run and gave the Astros a 3-1 lead.

The Astros also made a roster move, calling up outfielder Robbie Grossman from triple-A Oklahoma City before Wednesday's game against the Mariners.

--- The Cleveland Indians activated catcher Lou Marson from the 15-day disabled list and optioned catcher Yan Gomes to triple-A Columbus on Wednesday.

Marson was injured April 6 during a collision at home place in a game against Tampa Bay. He was placed on the DL for the first time in his seven-year career on April 9 after playing in just two games at the start of the season.

Gomes hit .211 with two home runs and three RBI in six games for the Indians.
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