Mark Teixeira (strained wrist) out of WBC

03/05/2013 8:00 PM ET
By Staff
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has been diagnosed with a strained right wrist, and has withdrawn from the World Baseball Classic.

Teixeira was scheduled to play in Team USA's exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, but was scratched after feeling discomfort in his wrist while swinging off a batting tee. After being examined by Team USA (and former Yankees) trainer Gene Monahan, the 32-year-old was sent for X-rays on his hand and wrist, which were negative.

Later in the day, the Yankees confirmed the diagnosis in an official release, saying that Teixeira will fly back to New York and be further evaluated on Wednesday by the Yankees' team physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad, and Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser.

Teixeira is expected to be sidelined for at least 7-10 days, and Team USA manager Joe Torre named Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer as his replacement. Teixeira told USA Today that he was disappointed that he will miss the WBC, saying he "really wanted to play for Joe Torre,'' before later Tweeting out well wishes to his Team USA mates. comments