Tex out again, may need extended rest

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will miss his second straight game on Saturday due to soreness in his left wrist.

Joe Girardi said the team will monitor Teixeira's injury on a daily basis and did not rule out the possibility that he could be put on the disabled list.

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira

#25 1B
New York Yankees

2012 STATS

  • GM112
  • HR23

  • RBI78

  • R64

  • OBP.335

  • AVG.257

"He's a little bit better today," Girardi said. "We'll see in the next couple of days if we can get him back."

Teixeira originally suffered the injury July 29 and rested for three days before returning to the lineup.

The Yankees at the time called the injury "wrist inflammation."

He aggravated it while diving for a ground ball against the Baltimore Orioles. But an MRI revealed no structural damage, and Teixeira received a cortisone shot to ease the pain.

Teixeira had played 14 straight days since returning to the lineup.

Teixeira said on Friday he wouldn't require another cortisone shot and hopes the injury doesn't linger all season.

Girardi echoed those sentiments on Saturday.

"I'm a little bit concerned if it's going to get to 100 percent," Girardi said. "He was better after the few days off a couple weeks ago and it seemed to come back a little bit. So that raises a little red flag."

Teixeira is batting .257 with 23 home runs and 78 RBIs. Nick Swisher is starting at first base in place of Teixeira. Girardi said Swisher likely will receive the bulk of playing time at first while Teixeira is out and was highly complimentary of Swisher's defense.

"Swish could be an everyday first baseman," Girardi said.

Girardi was asked if he'd consider holding out Teixeira for longer than two or three days to assure that the injury is fully healed.

"If I have to give him a little bit more than a couple days or three days, then I have to do it," Girardi said. "If we feel that after two or three days, maybe he needs a week, we might try to make it like that. Or if he needs two weeks, we'll do that."

JETER AT DH AGAIN: For the second straight game and fourth time this week, Derek Jeter will serve as the Yankees DH.

Girardi insists that Jeter is healthy and he's just trying to keep the 38-year-old short stop fresh. Jeter has played 16 straight days.

All of the playing time doesn't seem to be affecting Jeter.

The captain is batting .319 with 10 homers and 40 RBI. He hit his 250th homer on Friday night in the Yanks' win over Boston.

Girardi said without hesitation that Jeter is 100% healthy.