Mark Teixeira (strained wrist) to miss 8-10 weeks
According to Girardi, Teixeira has an ECU tendon strain, and will have four weeks of complete rest before beginning rehab activities. His return is expected around mid-May, roughly the same time the team expects to get Curtis Granderson back from a fractured forearm as well.
Teixeira, who was in Arizona preparing for the World Baseball Classic, was scratched from the lineup for Team USA's exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday 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; Teixeira flew back to New York to be further evaluated Wednesday by Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and hand specialist Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser, and the diagnosis was announced by Girardi minutes after Wednesday's game ended.
In an appearance on Mike's On later Wednesday, general manager Brian Cashman said he is not sure yet if he will seek a trade or look to replace Teixeira from within the organization; as of now, the Yankees' options to replace their Gold Glove first baseman include non-roster invitees Dan Johnson, Luke Murton, and Juan Rivera, who was brought to camp to compete for an outfield job but has played first base extensively over the last two years; Cashman did say, however, that third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who won the AL Gold Glove at first base in 2007, is unlikely to be moved back across the diamond.
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