The New York Yankees can't seem to get through a day of camp without losing someone to injury. The latest pair to go down are first baseman Mark Teixeira and outfield prospect Adonis Garcia, both suffering wrist injuries during batting practice.
Teixeira was preparing to play first base for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic but had to be scratched from tournament -- and Tuesday's game against the ChiSox -- when an MRI revealed a strain in his right wrist, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:
Teixeira had to be scratched from Tuesday’s lineup for an exhibition against the White Sox in Glendale, Ariz., and an MRI has revealed a strained right wrist.
The Yankees said Teixeira will be further evaluated in New York on Wednesday by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad along with Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser.
The X-rays taken yesterday on Teixeira's wrist came back negative, so if today's further evaluations don't show any more damage it's expected that he will be out for seven to 10 days.
If the injury turns out to be serious, then Juan Rivera, Dan Johnson, and Kevin Youkilis are in-house candidates to play first in Teixeira's absence.
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Garcia, 27, broke his left wrist during batting practice on Sunday and is scheduled for surgery on Thursday, reports Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger. The Cuban defector hit .263/.311/.424 with five home runs in 241 plate appearances last year between Single- and Double-A in his first year stateside.
Garcia was a serious long shot to take any time in left in Curtis Granderson's, but his injury still gives the Yankees one less option to choose from. It's unclear how long Garcia will be sidelined.