NEW YORK -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira served as the designated hitter for Saturday afternoon's game, a late move that manager Joe Girardi decided after checking on the status of Alex Rodriguez.
Teixeira was bumped on the left wrist by Carlos Gomez while reaching for the throw from catcher Kevin Cash in the ninth inning of Friday's game, and the first baseman took exception to Gomez running inside the baseline.
Following the play, the pair exchanged heated words but both Girardi and Teixeira reported on Saturday that there was no lingering wrist pain. Teixeira was plagued earlier in the year with left wrist soreness, and Saturday's decision to keep him off the field could simply be a precautionary measure.
"It feels good," Teixeira said on Saturday morning, prior to meeting with Girardi.
Following the lineup announcement, Teixeira also said that he had talked with Girardi about getting to DH soon, and Saturday seemed like a good fit.
Girardi didn't finalize the lineup until after speaking with the media, but he did note that how Rodriguez felt would be a major factor. A-Rod made his debut at new Yankee Stadium on Friday night, and he has played in seven games since returning from the right hip surgery he underwent on March 9.
Rodriguez went 0-for-1 with four walks on Friday night, and was scheduled to start at third base again on Saturday, which indicates that he physically came through OK.
In lieu of Teixeira, Nick Swisher was scheduled to play first base, and said he was fine adjusting to the position. Swisher, who has predominantly been used as the Yankees' fourth outfielder, filled in at first when Teixeira had wrist problems last month, and planned on doing some extra infield work prior to Saturday's game.
Brittany Ghiroli is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.