NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira was held out of Friday's lineup with inflammation in his left wrist, and the first baseman could miss more time during the Yankees' weekend series against the Red Sox.
The injury is directly related to previous wrist soreness that caused him to miss games on July 31 and Aug. 1, and forced him to get a cortisone shot to reduce swelling. Teixeira hasn't sat out a game since he returned on Aug. 3, which is the day the Yankees started a 14-game stretch without an off-day.
"I hope it's just a day here, a day there," Teixeira said. "We've been playing really well as a team the last few months. Because of that, we have a little bit of a cushion that we can afford to take a day and be smart about things."
Manager Joe Girardi said he wouldn't be surprised if the soreness in Teixeira's wrist took longer than a day to subside, but he didn't think it would resonate as a long-term problem. The switch-hitting Teixeira has felt soreness for the last few days, so he won't take swings from either side of the plate on Friday. The wrist doesn't bother him when he hits off a tee or takes batting practice, but he said it does flare up if he swings and misses or check swings violently.
"I'm taking 50 swings in the cage, 20 on the field every day and then end of game swings. That just adds up after a couple weeks," Teixeira said. "You have an area that takes a pounding. The weakness and the soreness just need to get out of there."
Nick Swisher started at first base on Friday, and he will likely see the bulk of time as Teixeira's replacement while the Yankees slugger is sidelined. Casey McGehee could also be an option at first, but Girardi likes playing Ichiro Suzuki in right field when Swisher moves to the infield.
"I've been managing it," Girardi said. "It's really a day-by-day thing that I have to go through right now, and we have to go through as a club."