Yanks first baseman Teixeira out 8-10 weeks due to strained right wrist
New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira will be sidelined for 8-10 weeks due to a strained right wrist, the team confirmed Wednesday.
Teixeira suffered the injury while swinging a bat during an indoor cage batting session before the United States World Baseball Classic team’s exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox on Monday.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman updated Teixeira’s injury after the Bronx Bombers’ 8-2 loss to Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team on Wednesday.
Sadly for the Yankees, Teixeira became the latest setback to the franchise this spring break with Curtis Granderson (fractured forearm), Alex Rodriguez (hip surgery) and Phil Hughes (bulging disc) expected to miss a chunk of games due to injuries.
Teixeira is coming off a mediocre 2012 after dealing with a respiratory infection and calf injury throughout the season. He hit .251 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs in 123 games.
The Yankees could opt to start Kevin Youkilis to start at first base while placing Eduardo Nunez or Jayson Nix at the third base.
The only bright spot for the Yankees was the return of Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera from season-ending injuries. The two veterans will make their spring league debuts this week.