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"He was taking swings in the cage and felt something," Girardi said. "It was in his hand or wrist. I'm sure there will be more tests." Girardi said he didn't know the severity of the injury or what the next step will be. "I'm sure our people will want to see him, too," Girardi said. The Yankees' backup first basemen include Juan Rivera, Dan Johnson and Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis is already replacing the injured Alex Rodriguez at third.
The Yankees entered camp with Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera recovering from injuries that ended their 2012 seasons. Both of their rehabs are going well.
Girardi hinted that Rivera, coming back from knee surgery, could appear in his first game of the spring on Wednesday against the Dominican Republic. Jeter, returning from ankle surgery, may play later in the week. Earlier in the spring, the Yankees lost center fielder Curtis Granderson for at least the first month of the regular season. They are considering Rivera, Matt Diaz, as well as youngsters Melky Mesa and Zoilo Almonte as possible replacements. Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was involved in a car accident on Saturday, but came away unhurt. Even general manager Brian Cashman is on the shelf after breaking his right fibula and ankle after jumping out of a plane in Miami on Monday to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Teixeira, who will turn 33 in April, dealt with a respiratory infection and a calf problem in 2012 that limited him to 123 games. He finished at .251 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs. Girardi wouldn't fully commit that Teixeira would leave the U.S. team, but said the Yankees will want to examine Teixeira. "It is little more of a concern because he is not here," Girardi said. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.