MRI shows no tear in Mark Teixeira's wrist

New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira reacts after taking

New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira reacts after taking a strike from Oakland Athletics' Jerry Blevins in the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday in Oakland, Calif. (June 11, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Given the circumstance, it was the best news the Yankees could have hoped for.

Joe Girardi said an MRI taken Sunday morning on Mark Teixeira's right wrist, which flared up during Saturday's loss here, showed no new tear, only "inflammation."

"That's a good thing," Girardi said before Sunday's game against the Angels. "If he was to re-tear it, that would probably be it for the season."

Teixeira, who left Saturday's game after two at-bats, flew back to New York late Saturday night, arriving early Sunday morning. He was evaluated by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad 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 reevaluate 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.

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Since returning from the DL May 31, Teixeira went 8-for-53 with three homers and 12 RBI, and 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, the case much of the first two months of the season when Teixeira was out.

Girardi said he doesn't know if another stint on the DL will be necessary but, as of now, feels Sunday's news was positive.

"Inflammation, even though he's hurt, that's probably the best-case scenario we could have had," Girardi said.

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