NEW YORK -- While the Yankees are still evaluating Mark Teixeira's inflamed left wrist on day-to-day basis, they haven't ruled out shutting down the first baseman for an extended period of time to ensure he's completely healthy.
Teixeira was held out of New York's lineup on Saturday for the second time in as many games, and manager Joe Girardi expressed some concern over the injury's lingering effects. Teixeira first injured the wrist on July 30, and the team shut him down until Aug. 3. Upon his return, Teixeira played in 14 straight games until Friday, when the soreness was enough to keep Teixeira from the lineup.
"I'm a little bit concerned if it's going to get to 100 percent," Girardi said. "A couple weeks ago, it seemed to come back a little bit. That raises a red flag."
Girardi said the Yankees miss the flexibility Teixeira offers as a switch-hitter as well as the four-time Gold Glover Award winner's presence in the infield. But entering Saturday with a six-game lead over Tampa Bay for first place in the American League East, the Yankees see no need to rush back Teixeira, who leads the team with 78 RBIs. Teixeira will sit until he feels ready to play.
"Everyone plays through something a little bit," Girardi said. "It's to the point where you're too beat up, in a sense, to be productive. That's what we weigh. If we feel that after two or three days, maybe he needs a whole week, we might try and make it like that. If he needs two weeks, we'll do that. We're going to do what it takes to get him healthy."
In recent weeks, the Yankees have been cautious with their position players when bumps and bruises have arisen. Nick Swisher -- now Teixeira's replacement at first -- sat out six games from July 21-27 because of a strained left hip flexor. He then started at DH until July 31 before returning to the field. Girardi said that the Yankees, as they did with Swisher, will give Teixeira a week or more to recover if necessary.
"We're trying to let the treatment and medicine work to see how he feels before he comes back," Girardi said." Right now, we're in a situation where we don't have to make a move. With pitchers, it's always a lot harder. It's harder to carry an extra starter where we're not sure, because then your bullpen becomes short. With a position player, you get by."