ANAHEIM, Calif. - Given the circumstances, it was the best news the Yankees could have hoped for.
Joe Girardi said an MRI Sunday morning on Mark Teixeira's right wrist, which flared up Saturday, showed no new tear, only "inflammation.''
"That's a good thing,'' Girardi said. "If he was to retear it, that would probably be it for the season.''
Teixeira left the game here Saturday after two at-bats and flew back to New York late that night. He was evaluated by team physician Christopher Ahmad Sunday and received a cortisone shot.
"The inflammation should go away, but it's going to take some time,'' Girardi said. "He's not a player for at least a couple of days, and we'll re-evaluate it.''
Teixeira missed the first two months of the season with a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, an injury that occurred March 5, on the eve of the World Baseball Classic.
Since returning from the disabled list May 31, Teixeira has gone 8-for-53 with three homers and 12 RBIs. Hitting coach Kevin Long said the first baseman probably wasn't 100 percent.
"I don't think it's been right since he's been here,'' Long said after Saturday's game, speaking specifically of the switch-hitting Teixeira's swing from the left side.
Lyle Overbay will take over at first base, which was the case much of the first two months of the season.
Girardi said he doesn't know if another stint on the DL will be necessary but as of now, thinks the latest news was positive.
"Inflammation, even though he's hurt, that's probably the best-case scenario we could have had,'' Girardi said.
The loudest cheers Tuesday night at the Stadium might come when Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is introduced.
"I think it will be great,'' Girardi said. "Donnie's one of the greatest Yankees that's ever played and one of the greatest teammates that's ever put on that uniform. I know I've always loved him and appreciated what he's done. I think it will be a great day for him.''
The Dodgers, who have faced the Yankees in 11 World Series, will be playing their first regular-season games in the Bronx.
Ouch for Robertson
After CC Sabathia allowed the first two batters of the ninth inning to reach, David Robertson faced three Angels, allowing Mark Trumbo's run-scoring single, striking out Howie Kendrick and walking pinch hitter J.B. Shuck. Trumbo's single was a shot off the reliever's right leg, just above the knee.
"He hit it good, there's no doubt about that,'' said Robertson, whose knee was in a wrap. "I'm sure I'll have a nice little bruise later.''
Robertson said he expects to be able to pitch by Tuesday night.