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Mark Teixeira will heal before playing

Updated: March 7, 2013, 7:31 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

JUPITER, Fla. -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said he must resist rushing back from his wrist injury because he doesn't want to risk needing surgery.

"The problem is that doctors told me it is a classic baseball injury," Teixeira said Thursday during a conference call, his first comments since straining his wrist Monday. "Just an overuse injury that I just have to let heal. It is not one of those things I can play through. I can't play at 70 or 80 percent because then you have ...

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