Tex expects to start Monday in Chicago

August, 19, 2012
8/19/12
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Mark Teixeira was not in the lineup for the third straight game because of his inflamed left wrist, but he said he expects to start Monday in Chicago against the White Sox.

"There is definitely improvement," Teixeira said Sunday. "We just want to give it one more day. Everyone agreed that you could probably push it today. It may feel OK, but it is best to give it one more day."

At the end of last month, Teixeira missed two games and had a cortisone shot to try to dull the lingering pain. He saw improvement, but then the injury regressed. Teixeira, who hasn't swung a bat the last few days, says he will test it in Chicago on Monday in hopes that the pain is completely gone.

"As a power hitter, I need my wrist, I need my hands," Teixeira said. "If it does linger, it is not going to help me out or the team."

Teixeira said he would take infield Sunday.

Teixeira is hitting .257 with 23 homers and a team-leading 78 RBIs.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .291
HRM. Teixeira 17
RBIM. Teixeira 48
RB. Gardner 58
OPSJ. Ellsbury .777
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135