Via Pete Caldera –
Mark Teixeira appears to be headed back to Florida to be examined by Yankees doctors after experiencing some discomfort swinging a bat in Arizona.
It was enough to send Teixeira for X-rays today on his hand and wrist. Joe Girardi was unsure exactly which hand troubled his first baseman.
“The X-rays came back negative. I’m sure there’s more tests planned. That’s all I have right now.”
Teixeira was in Arizona training with Team USA for the World Baseball Classic. His participation in that tournament is now likely to be over, though nothing is certain for now.
“I don’t know exactly what the next step is, whether he’ll come back here or stay there, or he’ll go to New York,” Girardi said. “We’ll see.”
Girardi hasn’t spoken to Teixeira since the injury occured today.
“I think (it happened) before their game, and he was taking some swings in the cage.”
Former Yankees trainer Gene Monahan is serving as Team USA’s trainer for manager Joe Torre, and the Yankees have been getting the initial information on Teixeira through Monahan, who has been in touch with Girardi and team athletic trainer Steve Donohue.
“Because (Teixeira) is not here, it’s a little more concerning,” Girardi said. “Even though we talked to Geno, you’re still left to wonder a little bit.”
Jon Morosi is already reporting that Teixeira will be removed from US roster due to the injury.
Dan Johnson, come on down…