ST. PETERSBURG -- First baseman Mark Teixeira had optimistically circled May 1 as a target for his return from an injured right wrist, but he now acknowledges he will not meet that goal.
Teixeira has been able to take dry swings from both sides of the plate and feels no pain, but he said that the wrist is not loose enough to hit baseballs, making it unlikely that he will be able to return in the minimum timeframe.
"Obviously, I was being as optimistic as I could," Teixeira said. "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, but I was always going to hope for that and prepare for that."
Teixeira tore the tendon sheath in his right wrist while preparing for the World Baseball Classic in March. He believes he can make it back to the lineup in May, but manager Joe Girardi does not want to put a timetable on Teixeira's return.
"I've said all along, this is probably the most unpredictable one," Girardi said. "Derek [Jeter] has become somewhat really unpredictable, too, but wrists are really tricky. You go day by day, week by week, and you see how he's doing. Eventually, if you can get him in games, you have a much better idea."
Because Teixeira is not ready to play in Minor League games, he will accompany the team to New York after Wednesday's game instead of staying in Florida to continue workouts.
"It's good to have [head athletic trainer] Steve [Donohue] and the doctors there just on an everyday basis after I swing to look at the range of motion and make sure everything's good," Teixeira said.
Youkilis likely out of action until Thursday
ST. PETERSBURG -- Kevin Youkilis is continuing to receive treatment on his sore lower back and is not expected to play before Thursday, manager Joe Girardi said on Tuesday.
Youkilis aggravated his back during batting practice on Monday and spent a good portion of Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Rays in the trainer's room.
"He's still got it there a little bit," Girardi said. "My guess is he probably won't play until Thursday. If he comes in tomorrow and says he feels great, I might re-evaluate."
Youkilis was seen by a team doctor on Monday, and though the issue is not thought to be serious, Girardi was not able to use him as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday for fear of re-aggravating the stiffness.
"It's up to the manager and trainer and all that," Youkilis said. "I put it in their hands. Sometimes they want you to wait another day to be 100 percent. If I feel good [on Wednesday], I'll let Joe know and make sure I do the right thing.
"I probably rushed a little bit more than I should have the other day; probably careless on my part. But I love going out there and playing. Sometimes you have to take a back seat and think about longevity."
Youkilis has experienced the stiffness in the same area several times in his career, and he said it usually lasts for a few days before subsiding. He doesn't think it's a result of playing on the artificial turf at Toronto's Rogers Centre.
"I don't think the AstroTurf is the reason," he said. "I've played on grass and had the same problems. So sometimes these things happen in my career with my back, unfortunately, and sometimes it takes a few days."
With Youkilis out of the lineup, the left-handed-hitting Lyle Overbay started again at first base against left-hander David Price, with Jayson Nix getting the nod at third base. Overbay went 0-for-3 but worked a key ninth-inning walk against Rays closer Fernando Rodney to set up New York's victory.
Girardi said that Youkilis' absence, as well as those of Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira, leaves the lineup susceptible to left-handed pitching.
"It's difficult when [Youkilis isn't] in there," Girardi said. "He's a big part of our lineup against left-handers, but we've got to deal with it."
Jeter to address media in New York on Thursday
ST. PETERSBURG -- Derek Jeter plans to rejoin the big league team in New York on Thursday and will address the media during a news conference at Yankee Stadium that can be watched live on MLB.com.
Jeter learned last week that he had suffered another fracture in his surgically repaired left ankle and will not play in a Major League game before the All-Star break. He has not spoken publicly since the diagnosis.
Manager Joe Girardi said his understanding is that Jeter has again been fitted for a walking boot.
Jeter traveled to Charlotte, N.C., this week to be seen by Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed his initial surgery after he fractured the ankle in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
• Travis Hafner could be considered to start as a designated hitter against left-handed pitching, according to manager Joe Girardi, but for the moment Girardi plans to stick with Ben Francisco in that role.
• Brennan Boesch is expected to get a start in the outfield on Wednesday, as Girardi plans to give Vernon Wells a day off.
• Brett Gardner entered play on Tuesday having reached base in 13 consecutive games dating back to April 7, the fourth-longest stretch of his career and his longest since a 16-game stretch from July 7-27, 2011.
• On this date in 1903, the Highlanders recorded the first win in franchise history, a 7-2 victory at Washington. Harry Howell was the winning pitcher.
On this date in 2000, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams became the first teammates in Major League history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game. The Yankees won, 10-7, at Toronto.