Yankees put 1B Mark Teixeira back on disabled list
In other roster moves made Wednesday, the Yankees designated pitcher Chris Bootcheck for assignment, and recalled RHP Adam Warren and outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Teixeira, who missed the first two months of the season because of a strained tendon in that wrist, left Saturday's game in Anaheim after saying he did not feel the proper "snap" in his wrist while batting. He flew back to New York to see Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Sunday, and after an MRI found only inflammation and no structural damage, Teixeira was given a cortisone shot.
General manager Brian Cashman intimated on Monday that he was leaning towards placing his first baseman on the disabled list, and manager Joe Girardi explained the decision prior to Tuesday's game against the Dodgers.
"We think it's at least going to be a week, so our thought process is to make sure we're not short-handed for a week," Girardi said. "If he's healthy at that point, he can get a few at-bats and come back."
Teixeira's stint can be backdated to Sunday, meaning he's eligible to return on July 1, and Girardi expects him to be back when the Yankees start a series in Minnesota that night.
"There's no hesitation in my mind that he'll be back when the 15 days is up," the skipper said.
Girardi also said that Teixeira, who has hit .151 with three home runs in 15 games since returning, was indeed fully healthy when he returned at the end of May.
"I've said all along that wrists can be tricky. … He was healthy when he came back, it could have been the swings that got to him," Girardi said. "It was inflammation, and when he came back he didn't have that."
As for the recalls, Warren, who was optioned to the Minors after throwing six innings in Thursday's 18-inning series finale in Oakland, was able to return prior to the usual 10-day waiting period because he was recalled due to injury. The righty, who did not pitch in the four days after his optioning, is 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA in 12 games/34.2 innings pitched this season.
Almonte, 24, will be making his Major League debut when he is inserted into the game, and presents Girardi with a switch-hitting option to replace the switch-hitting Teixeira.
"We can give him a start here or there or use him as a pinch hitter off the bench," Girardi said.
Almonte was hitting .297 with six homers and 36 RBI in Scranton, and was one of just two healthy position players - along with outfielder Ramon Flores, who is at Double-A Trenton - available on the Yankees' 40-man roster.
Bootcheck was called up Friday when Warren was optioned and made one appearance, allowing one run on two hits in the eighth inning of that night's loss to the Angels.