ANAHEIM, Calif. -- New York Yankees
first baseman Mark Teixeira
took two at-bats Saturday and knew he didn't feel right. So he told manager Joe Girardi to remove him from the game, and rookie David Adams replaced Teixeira at first base.
Less than two hours later, Teixeira was on a flight headed to New York, where he saw the Yankees' team physician Sunday. Teixeira was diagnosed with inflammation in his right wrist -- not directly related to the torn tendon sheath in the wrist that kept him on the disabled list for the first two months of the season. He received a cortisone injection, and he'll be re-evaluated early this week.
"The inflammation should go away, but it's going to take some time," Girardi said. "He's not a player for at least a couple days."
Teixeira was hitless in his last 12 at-bats before being pulled Saturday, leaving him in a 3-for-31 slide (.091) during his past nine games.
"I don't know that it's been right since he's been here, honestly," hitting coach Kevin Long said. "A big part of his routine is doing tee work, and he hasn't been able to do that. It definitely affects him from the left side, not the right side. The right side is fine, but the left-handed part where you kind of go like that in the last minute, he's not able to execute."
Teixeira is hitting .151 in 15 games since he came back from the DL, though his three home runs and 12 RBIs gave the Yankees hope that his wrist was 100 percent.
"I just want a healthy Mark Teixeira at this point," Long said. "I think everybody does at this point. To go out there and do it to I don't know what percent, but certainly a shell of who he is, it's not fun for him, it's not fun for the team and it's not fun for his hitting coach to watch. I feel bad for him more than anything else." Lyle Overbay
, who filled in for Teixeira through most of April and May, will resume first base duties as long as Teixeira is out.
"This is going to test us," said Overbay, who went 1-for-4 Sunday in the Yankees' 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels. "We've done real well. I hope it's not as bad as it (seems) because he's good. He's a big part of this, so hopefully it's not as bad as it seems. We're going to have to move on. The game doesn't stop, unfortunately."
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