Teixeira returns to lineup after bruising wrist

Teixeira returns to lineup after bruising wrist

NEW YORK -- Joe Girardi waited to fill out his lineup for Friday's 6-3 Yankees win over the Mariners until first baseman Mark Teixeira took batting practice for the first time since injuring his left wrist, but after a trouble-free 1-for-4 night in his return, Teixeira appears to be in the clear.

An MRI exam on Tuesday showed inflammation in the wrist, which Teixeira injured on Sunday, then aggravated on Monday. X-rays were negative, but the Yankees shut Teixeira down from all activity for three days. He saw a doctor on Friday afternoon and swung a bat for the first time during BP, convincing the manager he could return after missing only two games.

"I felt pretty good," Teixeira said after Friday's win. "I didn't expect this to be too big of an issue. It's just a little soreness you have to take care of, and that's where we are."

Girardi said he will continue to check in on Teixeira before the next few games but will likely stop if Teixeira gets through the remainder of the Yankees' series against the Mariners without any issues.