Mark Teixeira's return to the lineup didn't last long.
And like Curtis Granderson and Kevin Youkilis before him, it looks as if he'll be headed back to the disabled list.
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General manager Brian Cashman said he was "leaning" toward returning Teixeira, who missed the first two months of the season recovering from a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, to the DL.
During a conference call Monday, Cashman said he's been told by doctors that Teixeira's wrist will keep him out at least seven days. An MRI taken Sunday showed inflammation.
Beyond that, because of the tricky nature of the injury, Cashman said season-ending surgery can't be ruled out.
"Like before the season started when this injury hit, he'll either get through it or he'll have to have surgery," Cashman said. "The MRI showed no new tear, no new injury there. It's inflammation. But if this is something that's recurring because of the previous injury that's going to prevent him from being all he can be, then if that's the case, he'll have to have surgery."
Teixeira, who suffered the injury March 5, was 8-for-53 with three homers and 12 RBIs since returning from the DL on May 31. Over the weekend, hitting coach Kevin Long said Teixeira was struggling with his swing from the left side, never quite "right" since returning.
All of which was news to Cashman. "It's alarming in the fact that K-Long would say that to the group of reporters but he's never said that prior to that," Cashman said. "A lot of times, that's how things work out when things go bad, things get said. If K-Long felt that way, he should have been saying that from Day 1, but we never heard that."
Cashman then addressed the obvious follow-up question.
"Before anybody asks, am I mad at Kevin Long because of that? No," Cashman said. "But do I think that commentary jibes with Kevin Long's comments internally in the clubhouse regarding this player prior to him going down? Absolutely it's not . . . He kept his mouth shut the whole time."
Coming back to the topic later, Cashman said until Saturday when Teixeira pulled himself from the game, "we had no [indication] that he's had any problems whatsoever" with the wrist since his return.
"There's been 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," Cashman said. "Outside of performance. Obviously, he wasn't hitting."
Regardless, where the Yankees find themselves with the first baseman is again in a state of the unknown. The same can be said of Youkilis, who returned to the DL on Friday when his back acted up again. Cashman did not have a report on the third baseman's meeting in Marina del Ray, Calif., with back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, but didn't sound optimistic.
"Back issues usually don't get better," Cashman said. "They can but they're very debilitating, hard to get a handle on. It's definitely a concern. As of right now, I'm not planning on him until they tell me I can plan on him."
Notes & quotes: Cashman said it was an "extremely" difficult decision choosing Joe Girardi over Don Mattingly -- as well as current bench coach Tony Peña -- for the manager's job in 2007, calling Girardi's previous managing experience with the Marlins a "separator" between the two. Mattingly returns as Dodgers manager Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game interleague series . . . Alex Rodriguez (hip), rehabbing in Tampa, took his first round of live BP Monday, a 30-pitch session facing a Yankees minor-league righthander, putting six balls in play . . . Derek Jeter (ankle) upped the intensity of his on-field work, taking grounders from his normal position -- instead of the grass -- and taking 15 swings in the cage . . . Cashman said he thinks it's "possible" Eduardo Nuñez (oblique) will be ready to return at some point during the long homestand that begins July 5.Cashman targeted "mid-July" as a possible date of return for Francisco Cervelli (broken hand).