Mark Teixeira flies back to New York after aggravating wrist injury; Yanks lose to Angels
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ANAHEIM, Calif. - If there was one thing that could overshadow the Yankees' recent offensive woes, and they very much continued Saturday night in a 6-2 loss to the Angels, it was this:
Another injury to a big name.
Mark Teixeira, who missed the first two months of the season with a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, left Saturday night's game having aggravated the wrist, one hitting coach Kevin Long said hasn't been 100 percent since his return from the disabled list.
"I don't think it's been right since he's been here," Long said, speaking specifically of the switch hitter's power swing from the left side.
Long said Teixeira, who hasn't been able to do nearly as much tee work as is typical, told him in the dugout just before being removed Saturday, "I'm not able to take my 'A' swing."
Teixeira, replaced by rookie David Adams at first when the Yankees took the field in the bottom of the fourth, was scheduled on an 11 p.m. flight back to New York Saturday night and is to be evaluated by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad.
"I'm concerned," Joe Girardi said, not trying to hide it.
Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, though not suffering the exact same injury as Teixeira last season, nonetheless was at the forefront of Girardi's mind. Bautista tried to come back toward the end of the season, only to go back on the DL and eventually need surgery.
"I just know what Bautista went through last year where he was able to rehab and come back, and then he took that one swing and he went back, really, to square one," Girardi said. "I don't think Tex is there. I don't think he's back to when he hurt it in March, but he'll see Dr. Ahmad and they'll evaluate it."
The Yankees (37-31), who have lost five straight heading into Sunday's series finale, are off Monday before starting a two-game series against the Dodgers at the Stadium on Tuesday.
David Phelps took the loss after allowing four runs and nine hits in six-plus innings. The Yanks went 1-for-6 with RISP and are 3-for-25 in such situations over the last three games.
Teixeira was part of those struggles, going 8-for-53 with 12 RBIs since returning from the DL May 31, including 0-for-2 Saturday. In his final at-bat, he fouled out to third and later could be seen in the dugout talking with Long, demonstrating something with his swing, looking at his right wrist as he did so. Long didn't say Teixeira felt pain, using "discomfort" instead.
"I just want a healthy Mark Teixeira," Long said. "Certainly a shell of who he is, it's not fun for him, it's not fun for the team, it's not fun for his hitting coach to watch. I feel bad for him more than anything else."
Lyle Overbay will again take over at first. "This is going to test us," Overbay said. "Hopefully, it's not as bad as it seems. But you have to go on. The game doesn't stop."
Teixeira, though the degree isn't yet determined, is the third Yankee this season to come off the disabled list only to be reinjured.
The Yankees on Friday put Kevin Youkilis back on the DL with another back injury and on May 24, Curtis Granderson, who missed the first 38 games of the season with a broken right forearm, was hit by a pitch and suffered a broken left pinkie.
It will be up to, once again, what Long said he and the coaches called the B Squad; players such as Travis Hafner, Vernon Wells and Overbay who helped them at one point overcome all the injuries and get to 12 games over .500, 30-18 on May 25.
"I said, 'let's go,' " Long said. "You're the same guys that got us 12 games over. I have a lot of faith in you. You guys have to believe it, we have to believe it and we'll see if we can chip away and get a win tomorrow. We start there and see if we can kind of piece this thing back together."