Mark Teixeira Eyeing A May 1st Return Date

Positive injury news! Mark Teixeira met with his doctor on Monday to have his brace removed, and seemed optimistic about swinging a bat earlier than expected. During tonight's game, Meredith Marakovits reported that the first baseman is now eyeing a May 1st return thanks to the positive news. Teixeira should be cleared to begin swinging after his next doctor's visit in a little more than a week, and we'll know more about how realistic his early return stands after that meeting. Getting Lyle Overbay and Jayson Nix out of this lineup early would be extremely helpful, since Teixeira's versatility at the plate and defense at first is sorely missed.