Mark Teixeira was scratched from the Yankees' Monday afternoon lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals because of stiffness in his surgically repaired right wrist, and though doctors had told him to expect this kind of thing from time-to-time during the season, Teixeira gave off the sense to reporters after the Yankees' 6-4 win yesterday that it might be worse than first thought.
"It is inflammation, we think, so hopefully it will calm down in the next couple of days," Teixeira said. "I'm not happy about it. It is not completely unexpected. I went every day for five weeks. It is probably time to take a day or two off to let it calm down anyway. It is definitely barking at me."
Teixeira said that he'll likely sit out tonight's game against St. Louis, and also made it seem possible that he could sit out the next couple of days with the Yankees having an off-day on Thursday before returning home to face the Minnesota Twins.
According to LoHud's Chad Jennings, Teixeira has felt a little bit of soreness in his writs a couple of times this season, but it felt worse than usual on Monday, leading him to sit out.
Jennings says that Teixeira probably won't take any swings today, and that the wrist is bothering Teixeira from both side of the plate, and not just from a specific side.
The best case, in my opinion, might be for Teixeira to sit out the next two games with the Thursday off-day just to make sure the wrist doesn't get any worse than it is. Wrists are a tricky thing to deal with, so it's probably best to play it safe.
Teixeira has been one of the more productive hitters in the Yankees' lineup over the past few weeks, with nine homeruns and 25 RBIs this season. One days he has been out of DHing, Kelly Johnson has been getting in the time at first base, which hasn't always been the best of things, since Johnson hasn't played much first base in his career.
Let's update you on some of the other Yankee injuries, shall we.
** Carlos Beltran: Beltran tested out the soreness in his right elbow by taking 30 swings -- 15 from each side -- with a fungo bat on Monday, and he didn't experience any pain, which is what they were hoping for, obviously, but that doesn't mean surgery to remove the bone spurs in his elbow isn't still possible.
“I think it’s way too early to know that,” Joe Girardi said. “But today was a step in the right direction.”
Beltran will take another 30 swings at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, this time with a regular bat, and it all goes well, he'll move on to doing tee and toss drills before moving into batting practice, live pitching, then minor league rehab games.
If Beltran can't it through that rehab process, he'll have to undergo the surgery, which would keep him sidelined for, about, 8-12 weeks.
** Shawn Kelley: Kelley played catch at 75 feet on Monday and reported no issues with his back. The Yankees were hoping to have Kelley return from his back injury during this past weekend's series in Chicago, but he suffered a set-back last Monday, feeling soreness in his back a day after playing toss.
Girardi told reporters that Kelley will likely play catch another time or two before moving into flat-ground and bullpen sessions. Once he gets to that point, he'll then have to go into some minor league rehab games, so we could be looking at a return early next week, if all goes well over the next few days.
** Michael Pineda: Pineda is scheduled to throw two innings in an extended spring training game on Tuesday in Tampa, according to Girardi. Pineda threw a simulated-game on Saturday, which went well, so the extended spring start is next step in his rehab. If that start goes well, he;; throw another two-inning spring game.
“When he starts throwing three or four innings [in minor league rehab games] and bounces back, you know you are fairly close as long as there are no setbacks,” Girardi told the NY Post on Sunday. “You would like to have him ready to go 85 pitches.”
Pined has been on the DL since late-April because of a strained teres major muscle near his right shoulder, the one that required surgery two years ago. The Yankees aren't trying to rush him back, but the soon he's on the mound for them, the better.