MLB Notes: Teixeira hopes to get brace off Monday

MLB Notes: Teixeira hopes to get brace off Monday
March 30, 2013, 9:00 am
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WASHINGTON -- New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira hopes to get the protective brace on his injured right wrist removed Monday.

Speaking before New York's 4-2 exhibition game victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday, Teixeira said his goal is to rejoin the Yankees as soon as May 1.

He will start the season on the disabled list because of a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist.

"Like a pitcher coming back from Tommy John (elbow surgery), throwing through pain isn't a good idea," Teixeira said. "So I just have to be smart with it."

He has been taking grounders since last weekend and practice swings with one hand on his bat.

"My plan is to not skip a beat when I come back," Teixeira said.

General manager Brian Cashman said "it's way too early" to know much about how Teixeira's wrist is healing.

"But I know one thing: He's busting his tail," Cashman said. "He's doing leg stuff, he's doing all these different stuff, so every aspect of his body other than the wrist can be better," (see full story).

Venters to see doctor about ailing elbow
ATLANTA -- Braves reliever Jonny Venters will have his ailing left elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews.

Team officials say Venters will see the noted orthopedic surgeon Wednesday after the pitcher felt tightness in the elbow during his last spring training appearance.

Venters had to come out of Tuesday's game against Detroit and likely will start the season on the disabled list, clearing the way for the Braves to keep Cristhian Martinez and Anthony Varvaro on the 25-man roster. Both are out of minor league options.

Andrews performed elbow-ligament replacement surgery on Venters' elbow in 2005. Venters recovered from to become one of Atlanta's most reliable setup relievers.

Last season, Venters went 5-4 with a 3.22 ERA in 66 games.

Miguel Tejada makes Royals' roster
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Former AL MVP Miguel Tejada has made the Kansas City Royals' opening-day roster as a utility infielder.

Manager Ned Yost made the announcement Friday before the Royals' exhibition game against Cleveland.

The 38-year-old is a six-time All-Star who last played in the major leagues in 2011 with the San Francisco Giants. He hit .239 with four homers and 26 RBIs in 322 at-bats.

He spent last season with Baltimore's Triple-A team at Norfolk, batting .259 with no home runs and 18 RBIs in 135 at-bats before his release on June 25. The 2002 AL MVP with Oakland, Tejada has a .285 career average with 304 homers and 1,282 RBIs.

Tejada began Friday with a .353 average and three RBIs in 34 spring training at-bats. He will get a $1.1 million, one-year contract when he is put on the 40-man roster. He will have the chance to earn $200,000 in performance bonuses: $40,000 each for 55, 65, 75, 85 and 95 games,

George Kottaras, claimed off waivers on Jan. 25 from Oakland, earned the job as backup to catcher Salvador Perez. Kottaras hit .306 in 18 exhibition games.

Brett Hayes, the other catching candidate, cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Omaha.

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