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Mark Teixeira has to leave game with wrist soreness

Mark Teixeira of the Yankees fields a ball

Mark Teixeira of the Yankees fields a ball in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Mark Teixeira had hoped that rest would alleviate the pain in his surgically repaired right wrist, but after leaving yesterday's game and receiving a cortisone shot, the Yankees first baseman said he is "back to square one with the soreness.''

Teixeira was replaced by pinch hitter Brian Roberts in the sixth inning after informing Joe Girardi that he was in pain. He returned to the lineup Friday after sitting out three games, but he said Saturday that the time off didn't help.

"I didn't have that much relief,'' said Teixeira, whose wrist was red and visibly swollen. "I got through because I walked three times. I didn't really feel good [Saturday] morning, didn't feel good in . We thought it would loosen up but it didn't. Basically, I'm back to . . . where I was four or five days ago.''

An ultrasound revealed no structural damage in the wrist, Teixeira said, but there is a fluid buildup he hopes the cortisone shot will "knock out.'' He will miss the next two games and be evaluated Tuesday, Girardi said.

General manager Brian Cashman said that based on the doctor's report, "I have no concern.'' He is confident the shot will work.

"If the shot doesn't work,'' Teixeira said, "then I'm worried.''

Teixeira went 0-for-2, striking out with the bases loaded and none out in the first inning and grounding out to first in the third inning in the Yankees' 3-1 win over the Twins. He said he "wasn't taking good swings,'' which prompted Girardi to ask if he was hurt.

The 34-year-old missed all but 15 games last year and had season-ending surgery on the wrist in June. He said Saturday that the setbacks, though frustrating, haven't come as a total surprise.

"Every surgery I've had, it's taken over a year to fully get back from,'' he said. "In the back of my mind, I knew I'd probably have a [cortisone] shot or two this year, but I felt so good the first month and a half. Really until that last game at Wrigley [on May 21], I felt good. Then it just flared up on me.''

The cortisone shot Teixeira received Saturday was his first of the season, he said, and it's recommended that a player not receive more than two in a year. Because of that, Texeira said, the medical staff suggested rest last week as the first option.

"When Mark has played, he's been productive,'' Girardi said. "My feeling is the further we get away from the surgery, the better off it will be.''

Teixeira, in the sixth year of an eight-year, $180-million contract, is hitting .242 with nine homers and 25 RBIs in 37 games.

Should the pain linger and become a long-term issue, the Yankees could pursue free- agent first baseman Kendrys Morales. A team that signs Morales before the draft on Thursday will have to surrender a draft pick.

With Anthony Rieber

New York Sports