Mark Teixeira was held out of the Yankees lineup for the second straight game Tuesday night because of pain in his neck.
"It's been an issue for two weeks now," said Teixeira, who received a cortisone shot Monday. "That's too long. That's why we got an MRI. Usually if you have a stiff neck, you have some spasms, and they go away in a couple days. After two weeks, you want to get an MRI. It showed some irritation in the joint, so we got it fixed."
The first baseman said he was unsure how he suffered the injury, saying that it may have been "a weird play at first, a weird dive in the field [or] a weird slide, something like that. I just woke up with it one morning."
When asked about when he could return, Teixeira said "best case would be [Wednesday's] game." He added "we'll just see how the shot works."
Manager Joe Girardi echoed this, saying "my hope is we'll have him [Wednesday]." Girardi added that "my thought is you give him a couple days off and he'll be better and hopefully it wipes it out completely."
When asked about a possible stint on the disabled list for Teixeira, though, Girardi also said that "as of right now, I wouldn't think so. But if he comes in [Wednesday] And he's not better, then you'd probably start to worry a little bit."
Teixeira is hitting .251 this season with a .364 on-base percentage and .556 slugging percentage, and is tied for third in the American League with 18 home runs, after posting a .216/.313/.398 slash line with 22 home runs last year.
An increase in walk rate (from 11.4 percent to 14.1 percent and a career-high isolated power rate (extra bases per at-bat) of .305 have helped fuel this resurgence.
He said the injury was not cause for concern because "I played through it. If it was something really bad, you would know right away. You wouldn't be able to play through it. I've kind of gutted it out for a while, but it got to the point where it was really starting to hurt and we wanted to get it looked at."
"He's been playing with it since we got to Baltimore, basically," Girardi said.
He evidently did a good job gutting it out -- since the start of the team's series against the Orioles on June 12, Teixeira has gone 9-for-31 (.290), with a .389 on-base percentage and a .484 slugging percentage.
Teixeira also said that the MRI did not reveal any other damage. "Everything else is great. The discs look great, everything structurally looks great," he said.