UPDATE: July 31 at 12 p.m. ET by David Daniels
New York's public relations department had promising news for Yankees fans on Tuesday. It tweeted:
Teixeira MRI today. Results show no structural damage. Diagnosed with inflammation of L wrist and had cortisone shot. Reevaluation in 3 days— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) July 31, 2012
With Alex Rodriguez still out of the lineup, losing Teixeira for a lengthened period of time would've been a disaster. No structural damage, though, means that Tex's injury likely isn't serious. He should be back in no time and at full strength for a World Series push.
According to ESPN's Andrew Marchand (via Twitter), manager Joe Girardi wasn't too optimistic on his star's recent wrist injury:
Girardi says big concern abt Teixeira's wrist. Tests tomorrow.— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) July 31, 2012
Teixeira was forced to leave the game after falling on his left wrist while trying to field a ground ball off the bat of Baltimore Orioles shortstop JJ Hardy.
Marchand went on to tweet this:
X-Ray on Teixeira was negative. MRI tomorrow. Tex's level of concern was low, but, at best, is out for tomorrow.— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) July 31, 2012
The four-time Gold Glove Award winner appeared to be in a decent amount of pain after his seventh-inning mishap. Couple that with his manager's obvious concern, and it would be foolish to completely rule out Teixeira missing a few games.
It is unclear who will play first base in Teixeira's stead if he is forced to miss time, but Eric Chavez moved from the hot corner to first to replace the injured star.
The good news is that it is his non-throwing hand that is injured. The bad news is that he's going to have a tough time generating power from the left side of the plate.
After a less than stellar start to the season, the 32-year-old slugger had been hitting .304 with a team-leading five homers and 17 RBI in 56 at-bats after the All-Star break.
The first baseman is no stranger to injuries. He had to deal with nerve damage to his vocal chords that contributed to a slow start to the 2012 MLB season.
Girardi and company should be able to stay afloat without Tex in the three-hole, as they are 6.5 games ahead of the second-place Baltimore Orioles in the American League East.
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