Mark Teixeira reinjures wrist, returns to New York (UPDATE)

Mark Teixeira is out for two months. Credit: Getty Images
Mark Teixeira reaggravated his wrist injury on Saturday.
Credit: Getty Images

UPDATE: June 16, 2 p.m.

The Yankees have announced Mark Teixeira had an MRI on his injured right wrist Sunday, which revealed minor inflammation.

Teixeira had a cortisone shot and will rest for a few days.

The team has not put him on the disabled list, but it is unlikely he will play in the series against the Dodgers beginning Monday.

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For the third time this season the Yankees have gotten a slugger back from the disabled list — only to see them reinjured soon thereafter.

First baseman Mark Teixeira is the latest to face question marks, though he hasn’t officially returned to the disabled list as Kevin Youkilis did last week and Curtis Granderson did last month. Teixeira was removed from yesterday’s game in the fourth inning after two painful at-bats.

Teixeira tore a tendon sheath in his wrist in spring training and did not return to the lineup until May 31. After starting 1-for-9, he showed encouraging signs with three home runs in four games from June 3-6. But since then he is just 3-of-31 (.097) with nine strikeouts. He was hitless in his last 12 at-bats before leaving Saturday’s game.

The team has sent Teixeira back to New York to be re-examined by doctors.

“He just came to us and said he just feels like there’s not a lot of strength there,” manager Joe Girardi told reporters after Saturday’s loss. “I think he just doesn’t feel that he has the whip that he normally has hitting left-handed.”

So far, the Yankees are saying they are not concerned, but torn wrist sheaths have proven problematic in the past. Toronto’s Jose Baustista tore a wrist sheath in 2012, returned from the DL for just two games and then underwent season-ending surgery. Girardi said he did not believe Teixeira was in the same situation, “but he’ll see the doctor [Sunday] and he’ll evaluate it.” Red Sox slugger David Ortiz battled a partially torn wrist sheath for much of the 2008 season, sitting out three months.

Hitting coach Kevin Long admitted after the game on Saturday that Teixeira had been feeling some pain recently and had not been taking his usual batting practice before games.

The Yankees have currently lost five straight.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports.


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