His injured wrist may be worse than originally thought but likely will not require surgery. Instead of missing the first month of the regular season, Teixeira might not return until June, MLB.com reported Sunday. Teixeira was injured March 6 and was expected to miss eight to 10 weeks with a right wrist sprain. The injury is now diagnosed as a partially torn tendon sheath, which is similar to what cost Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista most of the second half of last season. Signing outfielder Brennan Boesch allows the Yankees to move Juan Rivera to first base in Teixeira's absence. --The Yankees also cut ties with outfielder Matt Diaz, who was in camp this spring on a minor league contract. Diaz went 6-for-30 (.200/.250/.200) this year in the Grapefruit League,. --St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese likely will be out for at least a few more days as he recovers from back discomfort after chasing a pop foul into the stands on March 4, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Freese bruised his tailbone after tumbling into the stands. He may be limited to just playing catch this week. --Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay was pulled from his exhibition start after just one inning Sunday because of a stomach virus, the team announced. ESPN reported that Halladay's fastball was down in the 87 mph range. He needed 25 pitches to get through the inning against the Baltimore Orioles. --Carl Crawford made his awaited Cactus League debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Crawford started the game batting leadoff and served as a designated hitter in the Dodgers' split-squad game against the Brewers. He went 0-for-3. He was acquired by the Dodgers last August in a trade with the Boston Red Sox two days after he underwent Tommy John elbow surgery. --Los Angeles Angels pitching prospect Brandon Sisk is expected to undergo season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery "within the next couple of weeks," MLB.com reported. The Angels acquired Sisk from the Royals in October for right-handed starter Ervin Santana. --Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is not making much progress from a concussion he suffered 10 days ago after getting hit by a pitch. The Boston Herald reported that manager John Farrell said "the window is narrowing" on Drew's chances of being on the opening-day roster.
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