Mark Teixeira’s season just hit another speed bump, as the first baseman re-injured his right wrist during Saturday’s game at Los Angeles and left the game in the 4th inning. He’ll reportedly miss the rest of the team’s series with the Angels in order to fly back to New York in order to be evaluated by team physician Christopher Ahmad later today, according to William Boor at MLB.com.
Teixeira originally tore a tendon sheath in his wrist back in mid-March, forcing him out of action until late May when he finally began a rehab assignment in the minor leagues. He’s appeared in just 14 games for the Yankees since being activated from the disabled list, batting just .157/.279/.353 in 61 PA. Teixeira is a notoriously slow starter throughout his MLB career, so it’s tough to predict what another setback might do to his chances at having another solid offensive year at the plate. Manager Joe Girardi said during an on-air interview during the game that Teixeira “doesn’t feel like he has the snap in his swing”.
David Adams took over for Teixeira at first base in Saturday’s game, the first time he’s appeared at the position with the Yankees and just the third time in his entire professional career. Lyle Overbay is the only other true first baseman on the active roster, barring a move to call one up should Teixeira need to head back to the DL.