Update on Monday, August 20 at 1:35 p.m. ET
According to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com, Teixeira should be back in the lineup on Monday night against the Chicago White Sox after sitting out three consecutive games with a wrist injury.
Here it is in Tex's own words:
"There is definitely improvement," Teixeira said Sunday. "We just want to give it one more day. Everyone agreed that you could probably push it today. It may feel OK, but it is best to give it one more day."
Per Marchand's report, Tex took infield practice on Sunday and should be ready to go on Monday.
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Update on Saturday, August 18 at 5:27 p.m. ET by Jesse Reed
Teixeira's injury kept him out of Saturday's game against the Red Sox, and manager Joe Girardi isn't sure when his star will be able to come back into the lineup.
According to the AP, Girardi said:
He's a little bit better today. We'll see in the next couple days if we can get him back. I'm a little bit concerned if it's going to get to 100 percent. If we feel after two or three days maybe he needs a whole week, we might try to make it like that, or if he needs two weeks we'll do that. We're going to do what it takes to try to get him healthy.
Clearly, Girardi is doing what's best for the team and for Teixeira long term. That said, it's never fun when one of the team's best players becomes a bench warmer.
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Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger shared the news:
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will sit out tonight's game against the Boston Red Sox and may miss tomorrow's game as well with inflammation in his left wrist.
While this might just seem like a pregame scratch, Teixeira's injury might be a little more serious than it seems. Per the same report from Hutchinson, the Yanks' first baseman has been battling issues with his wrist for some time now:
Teixeira, who has just eight hits in his last 30 at-bats, originally injured the wrist on July 29 while taking a swing in a game against the Red Sox. One night later, he aggravated his wrist making a diving attempt at a catch.
However, manager Joe Girardi did sound pretty optimistic about the length of Tex's absence from the Yankees' lineup, despite the likelihood of him missing more than one game, according to Hutchinson:
"He's sore again,'' Girardi said. "It's something he has been battling. It got to the point where we're going to have to give him some time off again. I don't think it's a long-term problem. We just want to give through this. (But) I wouldn't be surprised if it's more than a day.''
That's certainly good news from where the Bombers are sitting.
With Alex Rodriguez still on the shelf for multiple weeks and Curtis Granderson struggling mightily, New York might be in danger of not having enough bats in its lineup for an extended period of time.
When did you think that could ever be possible?
It appears, at least for now, that Teixeira will avoid the disabled list.
Tex might not be the greatest hitter in the world, but there's no denying he drives in runs and produces a great deal for this ballclub. Not having Mark Teixeira's bat in the lineup is bad in and of itself, but when combined with the Yankees' current situation, his absence makes it markedly worse.