Mark Teixeira could return to Yankees’ disabled list

ALCS Yankees Tigers BaseballYankees general manager Brian Cashman said on Monday that he is “leaning toward” placing Mark Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right wrist.

Teixeira had a cortisone injection in his wrist after removing himself from Saturday’s game against the Angels in Anaheim and, according to the Yankees, would not be available to play for at least seven days.

Lyle Overbay is expected to return to his role as the Yankees’ starting first baseman with Teixeira likely heading for the shelf. The 30 percent chance of season-ending surgery that the Yankees talked about this spring is still very much in play; if it turns out Teixeira can’t return, or would only return as a diminished player, Cashman said that his preference would be for Teixeira to have the surgery.

“Like before the season started, when this injury hit, he’ll either get through it or he’ll have to have surgery,” Cashman said. “The MRI showed no new tear, it’s not a re-injury there; it’s inflammation of the tendon. But is this something that’s a recurring theme because of the previous injury that’s going to prevent him from being all he can be? If that’s the case, he’ll have to have surgery.”

On Kevin Long’s comments in Anaheim that Teixeira never seemed quite right and was unable to perform his left-handed tee work, Cashman said that he was caught off guard because Long had not voiced that opinion in the Yankees’ clubhouse.

“It’s alarming in the fact that K-Long would say that to a group of reporters, but he never said [anything about] that prior,” Cashman said. “… If K-Long said that, he’s a monk because he kept his mouth shut the whole time.”

In other assorted updates:

  • Michael Pineda’s next rehab start will come on Thursday for Class-A Tampa. Cashman said that the reports on Pineda have been encouraging; he is sitting around 92 mph with his fastball and has maxed out around 94-95 mph.
  • There is no update yet on Kevin Youkilis, as the Yankees are waiting for the results of his doctor’s visit. While disappointed by Youkilis’ injury problems, Cashman said that the Yankees had no second thoughts about signing Youkilis to a one-year, $12 million deal because he passed all of his medical exams. The White Sox, Cashman said, also had offered Youkilis a two-year deal, which gave the Yankees comfort.
  • Various updates from Tampa, where Eduardo Nunez did tee and toss, long toss, and took 30 ground balls on the dirt to both sides with  throws. He could return before the All-Star break.
  • Curtis Granderson did long toss today and is due to have the pin in his hand taken out on Thursday.
  • Francisco Cervelli did long toss and receiving drills today. He’s about a week from advancing to underwater swinging and could rejoin the big league team in mid-July.
  • Derek Jeter did tee and toss, with 15 cage BP swings, long toss, and took 20 ground balls on the dirt with movement to the side and throws to first base today.
  • Alex Rodriguez did a toss & net drill on the field: Three rounds of batting practice on the field, two rounds of “super BP” – up close hitting — and some long toss, ground balls to both sides. He ended with three slow rollers. Tomorrow he’s advancing to simulated at-bats off live pitching.

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