Teixeira expecting to 'be fine in a few days'

Working way back from bruised leg, Yankees 1B sits again, but plays catch, takes BP

Teixeira expecting to 'be fine in a few days'

NEW YORK -- After three full days without any baseball activity, Mark Teixeira on Friday played catch and did some work in the batting cage for the first time since bruising his right leg on a foul ball Monday.

Teixeira was out of the lineup for the fourth straight day Friday, but he seems to be turning a corner. He addressed the media for the first time since the injury.

"Two days ago, I couldn't walk, so yeah, the first two days were really bad," he said. "The last two days have been really good. If I keep getting better at this pace, I'll be fine in a few days."

Manager Joe Girardi is hopeful that the first baseman will be ready to play again by the weekend, but he said he's not sure that will happen. The switch-hitter is batting .257, with 31 home runs and 79 RBIs.

"He is better today. He's moving along. I think they're going to try to get him to move a little bit more today," Girardi said. "He did a little treadmill [Thursday]."

Girardi also gave an update on Dustin Ackley -- the outfielder whom the Yanks acquired on July 30 from the Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jose Ramirez and left fielder Ramon Flores.

Ackley on joining the Yankees

Ackley played just two games with the Yankees before he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right lumbar strain.

"He's starting to do baseball activity," Girardi said. "I think our hope is sometime next week send him out maybe on a rehab."

Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.