ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira took onfield batting practice Monday for the first time since he sustained a lower lat strain eight days earlier, and he hopes to return to the lineup tonight.
"I'm very happy," Teixeira told mlb.com. "The back spasms are gone, which I've been dealing with for a long time, so that's really good. It's good to see that the treatments worked and the time off helped, so hopefully they won't come back."
Teixeira, who last played July 20 against the Reds, had a platelet-rich plasma injection and was expected to miss three to four days.
"I wasn't expecting all the little annoying things that come up. That's part of the game," he said. "Hopefully this is it, and I have two healthy months to finish the season, but missing a couple of games here, a couple of games there, it's never fun."
In other Yankees news, LHP Jeff Francis was designated for assignment after making just two appearances in two weeks.
JAYS-ROYALS TRADE: The Blue Jays traded RHP Liam Hendriks and C Erik Kratz to Kansas City for INF Danny Valencia, who will provide depth for Toronto.
CUBS-DODGERS TRADE: Los Angeles acquired 2B Darwin Barney from Chicago for a player to be named. Barney, 28, was the Cubs' opening day starter but lost his job to top prospect Arismendy Alcantara.
A'S: OF Craig Gentry went on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand. CF Billy Burns was called up from Double-A Midland.
BRAVES: RF Jason Heyward left the game after the third inning when his lower back tightened up. He is listed as day to day.
BREWERS: Class A 3B Nick Delmonico was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for an amphetamine.
D'BACKS: INF Jordan Pacheco, who had been out with tendinitis in his right shoulder, was activated from the 15-day disabled list, and INF Nick Evans was placed on unconditional release waivers.
METS: GM Sandy Alderson said that "I wouldn't bet on something happening" before Thursday's trade deadline. "We're not anxious to be sellers and cautious about being buyers," Alderson said.
ORIOLES: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, out since July 11 with a sprained right ankle, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment tonight at Class A Aberdeen. Jimenez, who has a 4.52 ERA in 18 starts and leads the AL with 60 walks, was scratched from a rehab start last week.