Left wrist strong enough for Teixeira to return

Left wrist strong enough for Teixeira to return

CHICAGO -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira returned to the club's starting lineup on Monday after missing three games with a sore left wrist.

Teixeira convinced manager Joe Girardi that his wrist felt playable after going through workouts at U.S. Cellular Field.

Slotted in the cleanup spot and playing first base, Teixeira said that he probably could have returned on Sunday against the Red Sox but thought another day could only help.

"I just needed him to tell me he felt good, his wrist," Girardi said. "I don't think he forgot how to hit in the last few days, so I'm not real worried about that. I just needed him to tell me his wrist felt good."

Teixeira had a cortisone shot administered in the wrist as he missed three games from July 31-Aug. 2, but he's hoping to avoid a second shot. He experienced a flare-up of the inflammation after playing in 14 straight games and said that it seems to bother him most when he swings and misses or attempts to check his swing.