New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will have his strained right wrist evaluated today after he was injured while taking swings in a batting cage, forcing him off the U.S. squad for the World Baseball Classic.
Teixeira, 32, who played in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, was scratched from a U.S. team exhibition yesterday against the Chicago White Sox.
U.S. manager Joe Torre, who led the Yankees to four World Series titles during his New York tenure in 1996-2007, did not immediately select a replacement.
“He took three or four light swings as he was starting to get loose and he felt something,” Torre, 72, told reporters. “The X-rays were fine, but an MRI showed a strain.”
The Yankees said in an e-mailed release that Teixeira, who has averaged 32 home runs and 101 runs batted in since 2010, will be examined today in New York.
The U.S. plays its first game in the 16-team international tournament on March 8 against Mexico in Phoenix. Teixeira had been projected as the starting first baseman for the U.S. team.
The Yankees have been bothered by injuries during spring training. Outfielder Curtis Granderson broke his arm and is out for two months, pitcher Phil Hughes is battling a bulging disk in his upper back and shortstop Derek Jeter is recovering from the broken ankle he suffered in last year’s playoffs.
“This is a club that I’ve seen go through this most of the time that I’ve been here,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters at the team’s spring training complex in Florida. “We went through some injuries here and there and our guys have found a way, and I really believe they’ll do that. Even if we have to do it a different way, we’ll find a way.”
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