Mark Teixeira was a late scratch from the New York Yankees lineup versus the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday because of what was called a stiff wrist, and now the first baseman is admitting it may be worse than originally thought.
According to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com, manager Joe Girardi not only admitted Tex's wrist had been stiff for a few days, but Teixeira himself also made it sound like things are getting worse:
"His wrist is a little stiff," Girardi said. "It has been stiff the last few days."
However, later Monday night, Teixeira acted as if it could be more serious. He said the pain has "ratcheted" up.
Girardi had originally said Tex would be ready to go by Tuesday, however the 34-year-old may sit it out in favor of some rest for his injury:
"It is inflammation, we think, so hopefully it will calm down in the next couple of days," Teixeira said. "I'm not happy about. It is not completely unexpected. I went every day for five weeks. It is probably time to take a day or two off to let it calm down anyway. It is definitely barking at me."
That doesn't sound good at all.
It's bad enough he's injured, but the fact that it's his surgically-repaired wrist that's the issue makes it troubling news for the Bronx Bombers. Tex played in just 15 games in 2013 and the Yanks missed him.
Teixeira has been a vital part of the Yanks' offense this season, which is struggling already with him in the lineup. Tex leads New York in homers and is tied in the RBI department with third baseman, Yangervis Solarte.
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