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Mark Teixeira aggravates wrist injury, will sit a few games

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

He's only been back for 15 games, but Mark Teixeira needs to miss a few more now.
He's only been back for 15 games, but Mark Teixeira needs to miss a few more now. (USATSI)

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Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was removed early in Saturday's game against the Angels and replaced by David Adams. During an interview on Fox, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Teixeira "doesn't feel like he has the snap in his swing" and would miss a few more games.

Later, the Yankees announced that Teixeira has aggravated his right wrist injury and is headed back to New York for a few tests.

Remember, Teixeira was out until May 31 due to a tendon sheath issue in his wrist and those things have a tendency to linger.

Assuming Teixeira only needs a few days, that would stand to serve as good news. Jose Bautista had the same injury last season and returned for only two games before the injury resurfaced and ended his season.

Teixeira, 33, is hitting .151/.270/.340 with three homers and 12 RBI in 63 plate appearances since his return. He's a traditional slow starter, so it's hard to tell if the wrist has been hampering him, he's having a usual slow start, or neither. Note that his batting average on balls in play is a meek .156 (his career mark is .291), so some of this is a product of bad fortune.

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