- Wallace Matthews, ESPNNewYork.com
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ANAHEIM -- New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left Saturday's Yankees-Angels game in the fourth inning with a recurrence of the right wrist injury that cost him the first 53 games of the season.
According to manager Joe Girardi, Teixeira came to him after his second at-bat, a foul-out to third base in the third inning, and reported discomfort in the wrist he originally injured hitting off a tee on March 5 while preparing to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
"He just came to us and said he just feels like there's not a lot of strength there," Girardi said. "I think he just doesn't feel that he has the whip that he normally has hitting left-handed."
The Yankees removed Teixeira from the game before the bottom of the fourth and sent him on a plane back to New York, where he will be examined Sunday by Dr. Chris Ahmad, the team physician.
"We felt he might as well see him as quickly as possible," Girardi said.
Teixeira's injury, a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, is similar to an injury suffered by Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. Bautista, too, went on the disabled list, albeit for a shorter period than Teixeira, but after trying to come back, re-injured the wrist and wound up having season-ending surgery.
"I know what Bautista went through last year, and he really went back to square one," Girardi said. "I don't think Tex is there, but he'll see the doctor tomorrow and he'll evaluate it."
Teixeira batted twice in the game, flying out to right and fouling out to third while batting left-handed against Angels right-handed starter Tommy Hanson. He also handled five chances in the field, seemingly without incident.
But he did not come out to play the field in the bottom of the fourth and was replaced at first base by David Adams.
Teixeira has struggled at the plate since returning to the lineup on May 31. Although he homered in consecutive games on June 3-4, including a grand-slam in the first game and a game-winning three-run homer in the second game, Teixeira is hitting just .157 since his return and was 4-for-35 on this road trip.
"Hopefully, it's nothing serious," Girardi said. "Hopefully, he'll need a couple of days and we'll go from there."
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left Saturday's Yankees-Angels game in the fourth inning with a recurrence of the right wrist injury that cost him the first 53 games of the season.