Mark Teixeira’s surgically repaired right wrist feels so good the switch-hitter no longer believes swinging and missing and checking a swing are tests to determine what condition the hinge is in.

“No, [but] I feel pretty confident if I do I will be all right,’’ Teixeira said when asked if he swung at and missed a pitch during his three at-bats in Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. “I feel very good. I really couldn’t be happier with how I feel right now. Nothing has happened that I have said ‘OK, let’s reassess something.’ It’s boring, but it’s good.

“If I was having a lot of soreness and bad swings or if I didn’t feel right or let go with one hand then I would be saying we need to make sure that this would be good for a long season. The way I feel right now there are no complaints.’’

While the Yankees leave for Panama City, Panama, on Thursday and two weekend games against the Marlins, Teixeira will be with the group left in Tampa as part of a plan laid out at the beginning of camp.

“We talked about it from Day One that the Panama training room wasn’t ideal and I need a lot of extra work,’’ Teixeira said. “I am still doing rehab and strengthening things every single day. We wanted to make sure that I stay on that schedule.’’

Manager Joe Girardi said the next step in Teixeira’s program will be to play back-to-back games.
Girardi didn’t encounter any pushback from players regarding the upcoming trip to Panama where Mariano Rivera will be honored in his homeland.