Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has played 15 games since returning from a wrist tear. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
An MRI on Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira revealed mild inflammation in his right wrist, but no structural damage, manager Joe Girardi said on Sunday, calling it the "best-case scenario."
Teixeira missed the first two months of the season with a partially torn sheath, and was feared to have re-injured the sheath.
Girardi said Teixeira will be unavailable on Tuesday after the team's off day on Monday, and could land on the disabled list.
In 15 games since his return, the lifetime .278 hitter with a .894 career OPS is batting .151 with a .609 OPS, including 19 strikeouts in 53 at-bats. He left Saturday's game in the fourth inning and received a cortisone shot on Sunday.
From The Star-Ledger's Andy McCullough:
“That’s a good thing,” Girardi said before Sunday’s game against the Angels. “If he was to re-tear it, that’d probably be it for the season. We’re looking at some inflammation. We’ll have to see how they think it’s going to take to get out.”
It would be understandable if the Yankees placed Teixeira on the disabled list. Hitting coach Kevin Long revealed on Saturday night that Teixeira has been unable to complete his regular pre-game hitting off a tee due to “discomfort” with his left-handed swing. He also referred to Teixeira as a “shell” of himself, with only three hits in 35 at-bats against right-handed pitchers.
“I don’t think that it’s been right since he’s been here,” Long said.