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Yankees' Robertson expects to rejoin team soon

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 19, 2014 at 5:09 pm •  Published: April 19, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees closer David Robertson pitched in an extended spring training game for the first time since being sidelined by a groin strain and expects to rejoin the team Tuesday.

The right-hander allowed one hit and struck out one in 1 1-3 innings of an intrasquad game Saturday.

"I think I'm ready to go pitch," Robertson said. "Groin felt fine."

Robertson felt discomfort April 6 in the ninth inning of a 6-4 win over Toronto and was placed on the disabled list. He is replacing major league saves leader Mariano Rivera, who retired after last season.

First baseman Mark Teixeira went 2 for 4 with a walk in his third extended spring training game since injuring his right leg. He said he is ready to return Sunday, the first day he's eligible to be activated from the DL.

"We kind of tested it in a lot of different ways," Teixeira said. "I've had a lot of good work, so there's really nothing else for me to do."

The switch-hitter doubled to deep left right-handed and lined an RBI single to center from the left side. Teixeira played seven innings of defense and made a diving catch to his left on a third-inning grounder.

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