Yankees' Mark Teixeira says wrist injury won't linger all season

Yankees' Mark Teixeira stretches while warming up for

Yankees' Mark Teixeira stretches while warming up for practice. (Feb. 20, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)

JUPITER, Fla. -- Mark Teixeira found one silver lining.

"It's very disappointing," Teixeira said on a conference call early Thursday afternoon, referring to his wrist injury. "The only good thing is, it's March 5 [when he injured himself] and I have plenty of time to get healthy and hopefully have as long as a season as I can. We're not exactly sure how long it's going to take, but it's better to get hurt now than April 5."

So for the injury-ravaged Yankees, there's that.

Teixeira strained a tendon in his right wrist Tuesday while hitting off a tee before an exhibition game for Team USA. He will not need surgery because the tendon did not tear, but the first baseman has been declared out eight to 10 weeks.

"It's just a strain," Teixeira said. "The problem is, the doctors told me it's a classic baseball injury. Just an overuse injury where I just have to let it heal. It's not one of those things I can play through. I can't play at 70 or 80 percent because then you have the opportunity of completely tearing it and then you will need surgery."

Teixeira said the injury occurred while he was swinging a weighted bat. "I felt something tighten up in my wrist," he said.

Teixeira, limited to 123 games last season after missing most of September with a calf strain, said he isn't concerned about the injury lingering all season.

"It won't because the doctors made it very clear to me they weren't going to let me swing until I was 100 percent pain- free," he said.

Which is the primary concern of Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman.

"We've said 10 weeks, but the one thing I've said is wrists are tricky," Girardi said. "You never know when you're coming back from a wrist. You can have a setback. Everything's always a timetable. Timetables change. Sometimes it's shorter, too."

Notes & quotes: Derek Jeter visited Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed surgery on his left ankle in October, for a scheduled checkup in Charlotte, N.C. Girardi said it went "great" but did not have a date for when Jeter will run full speed on the bases, thought to be the final obstacle before he appears in a game . . . Add lefty reliever Clay Rapada to the list of the injured. Girardi said Rapada has bursitis in his left shoulder and will be down seven to 10 days.

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