Mark Teixeira has strained wrist; sent to New York for tests

Mark TeixeiraThis isn’t the kind of report the Yankees were hoping to get about Mark Teixeira’s time with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Teixeira had to be scratched from Tuesday’s lineup for an exhibition against the White Sox in Glendale, Ariz., and an MRI has revealed a strained right wrist.

The Yankees said Teixeira will be further evaluated in New York on Wednesday by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad along with Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser.

Manager Joe Girardi said in Tampa that he has spoken to Gene Monahan, who is serving as the trainer for Joe Torre’s club. X-rays were taken, which were negative.

“He was taking swings in the cage and felt something in his hand or wrist,” Girardi said.

The injury will force Teixeira to leave the Classic. Initial estimates are that the strain will cost Teixeira seven to 10 days, but Girardi said that if the injury proves serious, their in-house candidates to play first base include Juan Rivera, Dan Johnson and Kevin Youkilis.

Teixeira tweeted the following on Tuesday evening:

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