NEW YORK -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is back in the Yankees lineup after missing the past two games and five of the last seven because of inflammation in his right wrist.
Teixeira has rested the wrist in an effort to calm down the irritation. He first skipped a three-game series in St. Louis last week. Combined with an off-day, he had four full days off, but still could only play this past Friday at Yankee Stadium against the Minnesota Twins and then two at-bats on Saturday before being removed.
Since then, Teixeira has sat out the last two games.
Entering this season, the Yankees had concerns about Teixeira's wrist coming off his shortened 2013. Teixeira just played in 15 games after originally hurting the wrist swinging before a WBC game.
This year, Teixeira's played in 37 of the Yankees' first 56 games. Teixeira missed 15 days because of a hamstring injury.
Still, he leads the Yankees with nine homers. His 25 RBIs are one behind rookie Yangervis Solarte, who has the most on the team. Teixeira is batting .242.
He has been replaced by Kelly Johnson at first. Johnson, who is experienced at the position has struggled defensively.
Here is the rest of the Yankees' lineup against ex-Met farmhand Scott Kazmir.
Derek Jeter DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Brendan Ryan SS