Mark Teixeira out 8-10 weeks with strained right wrist

Mark Teixeira
Teixeira and the Yankees got some bad news on Wednesday. (USATSI)

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will miss 8-10 weeks with a strained right wrist, manager Joe Girardi told reporters in spring training on Wednesday.

There's no tear, and the tendon is stable. But Teixeira needs four weeks off and then at least four weeks of rehab.

Teixeira injured his forearm during batting practice with Team USA, as noted Tuesday by CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler. And this seems to be some kind of freak accident that happened during that batting practice session.

"I asked him [if there was any prior indication that something was wrong]," Team USA manager Joe Torre said. "He said nothing, that he had never had this before. He was just shaking his head."

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Teixeira was replaced by Eric Hosmer on Team USA's roster, but the World Baseball Classic is pretty ancillary at this point, considering an eight-to-10-week injury is a severe blow to the Yankees.

Considering the injury to Alex Rodriguez, that Derek Jeter is recovering from a serious injury and age concerns in several spots, Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano and Teixeira appeared to be the centerpieces of the lineup. Well, now Granderson has a broken arm and Teixeira is out for at least two months.

Even if Teixeira heals quickly, he's going to miss a good amount of games to start the season. Eight weeks from Wednesday is May 1, and he'll obviously need a minor-league rehab stint before being ready for major-league game action.

What if Jeter isn't able to go on opening day? If that's the case, here's how the Yankees might line up defensively:

C: Chris Stewart
1B: Juan Rivera
2B: Cano
SS: Eduardo Nunez
3B: Kevin Youkilis
LF: Matt Diaz
CF: Brett Gardner
RF: Ichiro Suzuki
DH: Travis Hafner

That's not very intimidating. And, remember, starting pitcher Phil Hughes has a bulging disk in his back and ace CC Sabathia had an elbow injury late last season.

Worth mentioning: Carlos Lee is still a free agent, and Scott Rolen might not retire (in which case, Youkilis could play first and Rolen could man third).

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