Mark Teixeira leaves game with soreness in wrist
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning of Saturday’s game against the Twins, and the club announced that he was feeling soreness with his surgically repaired right wrist.
Brian Roberts was on deck to pinch-hit for Teixeira when the fifth inning ended. Teixeira returned to play the field in the top of the sixth, turning a double play, then headed for the clubhouse after the half-inning concluded. Roberts hit for Teixeira, striking out.
“It wasn’t really mid-game. It started from last night. I didn’t really have that much relief,” Teixeira said. “I got through it last night because I walked three times, really. I only took two or three swings all night. Today, I didn’t feel really good this morning. I didn’t feel good in BP. We thought maybe it would loosen up, but it didn’t. I basically got back to square one, unfortunately, with the soreness.”
Teixeira missed three games earlier this week with inflammation in his right wrist, returning to action on Friday by going 0-for-1 with three walks against the Twins. He was 0-for-2 on Saturday before coming out of the game.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Saturday’s game that he would have to be proactive with Teixeira, who had season-ending surgery to repair a partially torn tendon sheath in his wrist last year.
“It’s managing it, and that’s what we’ve tried to do,” Girardi said. “There have been built in days off that have been in there that we have tried to make sure, and I check with guys every day to see how they’re feeling. I just don’t want to make too much of this. If we feel he needs a day off, then we’ll give him a day off. If he says he’s OK, then we’re going to play him.”