Mark Teixeira was looking for his swing in Florida. He hasn’t found it yet.
The New York Yankees first baseman, coming off wrist surgery and a season in which he played just 15 games, has batted about .100 in spring training. But then, he acknowledged he hasn’t really been feeling his wrist is healthy enough for him to swing the bat the way he should.
“I’m not trusting that the wrist is healthy,’’ Teixeira told the New York Post earlier this week. “I’m just trying to protect it. Taking your ‘A’ swing, taking that swing that is 100 percent and I need to trust that I can do that and not feel pain. I need to finish my swing instead of protecting my wrist. Last year, to protect my wrist, I didn’t finish my swing.’’
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Teixeira’s new teammate, outfielder Carlos Beltran, said Teixeira will be his old self again soon.
“He feels good physically,’’ said Beltran, signed as a free agent in the offseason. “It’s just a matter of trust now in letting his swing go, but he’ll be fine. He’s a veteran guy. He knows what he needs to do.’’
What the Yankees need Teixeira to do is produce as he has over most of his career. From 2004 through 2011, he had hit at least 30 homers each season and driven in at least 105 runs.
And if he’s not quite ready by the time the season starts in a few days, then he will be soon, Teixeira said.
“Obviously, we’re kind of running out of time in spring training, but I know that my wrist is going to get stronger as the year goes on and I think I’m going to progressively get better.’’