Teixeira (wrist) could be absent until Friday

ST. LOUIS -- For a second consecutive day, Mark Teixeira is resting his inflamed right wrist. Teixeira said he is not concerned the injury is serious, but the Yankees might hold him out on Wednesday so he will receive four days off before playing Friday, when the Yankees return to the Bronx to face the Twins.

"It could make sense to give him Wednesday off, too, because then he gets Thursday off, too," Girardi said.

Mark Teixeira

Mark Teixeira

#25 1B
New York Yankees

2014 STATS

  • GM35
  • HR9

  • RBI25

  • R20

  • OBP.365

  • AVG.248

Teixeira said his surgeon, Dr. Keith Raskin, is "99 percent sure" that this inflammation is from overuse and completely expected. Teixeira will visit Raskin on Thursday for an ultrasound test. Teixeira possibly could play Wednesday, but the Yankees usually like to be conservative with such injuries.

"I would love to play [Wednesday], but we'll see how it feels," Teixeira said.

Teixeira said the first day off helped.

Notes: Michael Pineda (upper back) threw 28 pitches in two innings in an extended spring training game. Girardi said Pineda will throw again Sunday in an intrasquad game. He will make 50 to 60 tosses, Girardi said. ... Carlos Beltran was "extremely excited," according to Girardi, after he swung a real bat. Beltran (bone spurs) will take Wednesday off and then do some tee-and-toss. ... Shawn Kelley (back) threw long toss on Tuesday and felt fine. ... The Twins' Phil Hughes is lined up to start Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Minnesota has yet to officially name their Sunday starter.