ST. LOUIS - Mark Teixeira said in spring training that this season would be one of maintenance for his surgically repaired right wrist, having been told by his surgeon that some stiffness was to be expected.
So when he was scratched from Monday's game, it didn't set off alarms for Teixeira. But he didn't sound like a player completely convinced that a day or two of rest would make a big difference.
"We'll take it day by day," he said. "It's nice to know we have a day off Thursday, but I'd love to wake up tomorrow and it feels great. That's the goal, but we'll just see how it feels."
Teixeira, hitting .248 with a .365 on-base percentage, nine homers and 25 RBIs, had experienced soreness since Wednesday. He played the first two games of the White Sox series before saying something to Joe Girardi after Friday's game, then played Saturday and Sunday.
When he got to the ballpark yesterday, he realized that the stiffness level had "ratcheted up" considerably from what he considers normal. "It got to the point this morning where it was feeling really bad," he said.
How concerned is Girardi? "He's talked about, they [doctors] talked about there would be stiffness," he said before the game. "Concerned? You're always a little bit concerned, but they said there would be stiffness throughout this process for a while. Today it's just a little bit more. It could be from fatigue. That's what my thought process is, and hopefully it's just one day he needs."
Teixeira talked to his surgeon, Dr. Keith Raskin, Friday morning and the determination was made that "a day off isn't going to kill you." A day off, however, is something Teixeira hadn't had in some time.
"[Raskin] feels that it's normal inflammation and he's actually surprised that I went five straight weeks without needing a day or two [off] until now," Teixeira said. "So like I said, I'm very happy with where I am right now. It's just the normal post-surgery season. You're going to have times where it flares up."