Mark Teixeira back for Yankees

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira batted cleanup and went 1-for-4 on Friday night against the Seattle Mariners in his first game back after missing the previous two with inflammation in his left wrist.

"I felt pretty good," Teixeira said after the Yankees defeated the Mariners 6-3 at Yankee Stadium. "Like I told you guys a couple days ago, I didn't expect this to be a big issue, just a little soreness you gotta take care of, and I think that's where we are."

Teixeira was a game-time decision but felt fine after taking a few rounds of batting practice about 90 minutes before first pitch, and told manager Joe Girardi he was ready to play. The 32-year-old Teixeira had to be cleared by doctors before participating in BP.

"I just felt a little rusty," Teixeira said. "I didn't really move my hand for two to three days, but today I got it moving, the doctor checked it out, I took swings and everything checked out pretty good, so hopefully (there are) no more issues."

Teixeira first suffered the injury while taking a swing in Sunday night's game against the Boston Red Sox. He further aggravated it while diving for a ground ball in the seventh inning on Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles, which forced him to leave the game. But an MRI revealed no structural damage, and Teixeira ended up having a cortisone shot to help ease the pain.

Manager Joe Girardi said he'll check with Teixeira to see how he is during the weekend.

In 99 games this season, Teixeira is hitting .256 with 20 home runs and 71 RBIs.

Mike Mazzeo is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com