Mark Teixeira to have MRI on wrist

Updated: July 31, 2012, 2:56 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will have an MRI on Tuesday to find out the severity of his injured left wrist that forced him to leave Monday night's game.

"You just have to keep your fingers crossed," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

X-rays on Monday showed no breaks, but the MRI will examine further what is wrong with the wrist. Both Girardi and Teixeira thought that, at the least, Teixeira will be out a couple of days.

Teixeira said he first hurt the wrist swinging and missing right-handed in his third at-bat Sunday night against Red Sox lefty Felix Doubront. Wearing a protective sleeve on the wrist Monday night, he further irritated the injury diving for a J.J. Hardy ground single in the seventh.

"It just didn't feel good again today," Teixeira said. "When I dove, I landed right on my glove and it tweaked it even more."

After the top of the seventh, Teixeira said he went into the clubhouse and tried to swing and could not do it without pain.

"I'm not crazy concerned because I tried to play through it," Teixeira said. "It is one of those things if you really hurt yourself bad, you are out and you can't do much. I was kind of nursing it today when I was swinging."

The Yankees are already missing their third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who will be on the disabled list until September.

Prior to last night's loss to the Orioles', Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he was pessimistic about making any deals before Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline, but could change his plans if Teixeira's injury is deemed serious.

With Teixeira out, the Yankees could shift Nick Swisher to first base. Swisher, who was the Yankees DH for the second consecutive game, has not played the field for more than a week because of a hip flexor injury.

Swisher normally plays right field for the Yankees. That position has been manned by Ichiro Suzuki since he arrived from Seattle. Initially, Ichiro was supposed to be the Yankees' left fielder. If Ichiro plays right, then Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones will play left.

Other options on the roster at first for the Yankees include Eric Chavez and Jayson Nix. Chavez and Nix, though, are combining as the duo to replace Rodriguez. So Girardi was worried about Teixeira's wrist.

"It is a big concern," Girardi said. "He is a huge part of our lineup. Hopefully, it is only a couple of days."

On the season, Teixeira is hitting .256 with 20 homers and 71 RBIs. In July, he is hitting .298 with seven homers and 27 RBIs in 24 games.

Teixeira, 32, is in the fourth season of his eight-year, $180 million contract.

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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