Teixeira confident Yankees can overcome injuries

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Youkilis believes the Yankees can overcome the loss of power at the plate. Granderson, Teixeira and Rodriguez combined for 85 homers last season.

“I’ve seen a lot of talk about the home runs and losing all the home runs,” Youkilis said. “It was a funny thing, (I said today) I’m going to go check out the Giants, the World Series champions, and they had 103 total home runs last year. I played on a team last year with six guys hitting over 20 home runs, the White Sox, and we didn’t make the playoffs.”

Several other Yankees, including shortstop Derek Jeter (ankle surgery), ace CC Sabathia (left elbow bone spur surgery) and closer Mariano Rivera (knee surgery) are coming back from injuries.

Jeter, who had a day off Thursday, hasn’t run the bases at full speed yet. The team captain expects to be ready for the season opener April 1 against Boston

Sabathia, the expected opening-day starter, threw a 49-pitch bullpen session and is scheduled for a simulated game Sunday.

The left-hander said he is pleased with how well his elbow has responded.

“I am surprised how quick it came back once I started throwing,” Sabathia said. “Getting stronger every time out and not feeling any pain is encouraging.”

Rivera, expected to announce Saturday that he’ll retire after this season, could make his first spring training appearance this weekend.

Right-hander Phil Hughes made 15 pitches from 60 feet on level ground during his fourth throwing session after being sidelined two weeks by an upper back bulging disk.

Reliever David Robertson, scratched from his outing Tuesday night because of a sore shoulder, played catch. Left-hander Boone Logan, slowed by a tender elbow, resumed throwing and made 38 throws from up to 60 feet.

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