Mark Teixeira goes back on disabled list with right wrist inflammation
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For Mark Teixeira, it was too much too soon.
The first baseman, who removed himself from Saturday's game in Anaheim after two at-bats, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with inflammation in his right wrist.
"I could tell in the last week or so, it was just getting a little weaker, a little sorer," Teixeira said before Tuesday night's game against the Dodgers was postponed. It will be made up Wednesday as part of a split doubleheader.
Teixeira missed the first two months of the season with a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist before coming back May 31, going 8-for-53 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 15 games.
Including the simulated games in Tampa and two rehab starts with Double-A Trenton, Teixeira said that was too stiff a test.
"I look back at the calendar and between the Tampa games and Trenton, I played 19 out of 20 days," he said. "Obviously, 19 out of 20 is too much. We learned that the hard way . . . You pick a scab too much, it's going to start bleeding. Probably just overdid it a bit."
Hitting coach Kevin Long raised general manager Brian Cashman's eyebrows over the weekend when he told reporters that Teixeira never seemed "right" from the time he returned.
"If K-Long felt that way, he should been saying that from Day 1, but we never heard that," Cashman said Monday. "No conversations conveyed to our medical staff, our trainers, our doctor, front office or our field staff that he had been having any issues at any time."
Teixeira said it wasn't so simple.
The first baseman said he felt "great" his first week back and he mostly looked it, hitting three homers and driving in eight runs.
But, Teixeira said, during the Seattle series, the start of the Yankees' recent three-city, 10-game trip, things started going south.
"I didn't feel like I could finish my swing," Teixeira said.
Part of that, he said, was a mechanical problem of his own creation.
"I changed my mechanics a little bit too much to protect [the wrist] and that's what I didn't want to do," Teixeira said. "Kevin said, 'Mark, that's not your real swing, you're not finishing your swing.' "
Or, as Teixeira synopsized the issue from his perspective: "You stink and you're hurt, so we have to fix this."
And so, before Saturday's game in Anaheim, he and Long went to work hitting off a tee, work Teixeira mostly shunned since coming back in an effort to preserve the wrist.
"I tried to take some extra swings off a tee just to see if I could finish that swing and during the game it just didn't feel right," Teixeira said.
He approached Long in the dugout.
"I told Kevin, 'I can't swing right now,' " Teixeira said. "I was worthless to the team right there. The MRI showed what I thought it would show."
Which was inflammation, not a re-tear. Positive news for now, and Teixeira is confident he'll return when the 15-day stint is up.
"I'm a positive thinker," Teixeira said when asked why he was so confident. "If you're pessimistic in this game, you'll never make it because you fail enough. I'm going to hope for the best."
Cashman said Monday he couldn't rule out surgery and of that possibility, Teixeira could only say, "I hope not."
Hiroki Kuroda, scheduled to pitch Wednesday night's game, will start Game 1 of the doubleheader, followed by Phil Hughes, Tuesday night's starter . . . Switch-hitting outfielder Zoilo Almonte was called up from Triple-A Scranton, where he hit .297 with six homers and 36 RBIs in 68 games, to replace Teixeira on the roster. The Yankees also recalled RHP Adam Warren and designated RHP Chris Bootcheck for assignment.