Mark Teixeira to miss a few days

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The New York Yankees got favorable news on Mark Teixeira when an MRI performed Sunday morning revealed inflammation but no new tear to the tendon sheath in the first baseman's right wrist.

Teixeira was given a cortisone shot and will get a few days off, but according to manager Joe Girardi, there are no plans to put him on the disabled list right now.

"There's inflammation, and even though he's hurt, that's probably the best-case scenario we could have got," Girardi said. "That's a good thing. If he was to re-tear it, that would probably be it for the season."

But Girardi did not rule out the possibility that Teixeira eventually would wind up back on the DL with the injury that cost him the first 53 games of the season.

"He's not a player for at least a couple days," Girardi said. "We'll re-evaluate him after a couple days and see where we're at."

In the meantime, Lyle Overbay will be the Yankees' starting first baseman, and the club will play with 24 players until a determination on Teixeira's status is made.

Teixeira was removed from Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Angels in the bottom of the fourth inning after informing Girardi and team trainers he was feeling discomfort in the wrist he first injured hitting off a tee on March 5 while preparing to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

"He just came to us and said he just feels like there's not a lot of strength there," Girardi said Saturday. "I think he just doesn't feel that he has the whip that he normally has hitting left-handed."

Teixeira had batted twice in Saturday's game, a 5-2 Yankees loss, and flied out to left and fouled out to third before leaving the game. He flew back to New York on Saturday evening and was examined by team physician Chris Ahmad on Sunday morning.

In the 15 games he has played since returning, Teixeira is hitting .151 with three home runs and 12 RBIs.

"I don't know that it's been right since he's been back, honestly," hitting coach Kevin Long said. "To go out there and be 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.

"The bottom line is he needs to get it to where he can go out there and compete at a high level. That's what we're used to seeing and that's what he's used to doing."