The first baseman will be out until at least early May with a strained right wrist tendon, the latest major setback for the Yankees. New York outfielder Curtis Granderson broke his right forearm when he was hit by a pitch Feb. 24, and also will be sidelined until early May.
“It’s going to be more of a challenge now that both of us are down, but I have full confidence that the guys coming in are going to be able to step in,” Teixeira said during a conference call on Thursday.
Teixeira felt tightness swinging a weighted bat left-handed off a tee Tuesday in an indoor cage during pregame warm-ups with the U.S. team for the World Baseball Classic.
“It’s really weird … it’s the same thing I do every day,” said Teixeira, who will no longer use the weighted bat.
Teixeira expects to resume limited drills _ swinging a bat-one handed and fielding grounders _ in the next week or two.
“It’s very disappointing,” Teixeira said. “The only good thing is that it’s March. I have plenty of time to get healthy and hopefully have as long of a season as I can. We’re not exactly sure how long it’s going to take, but better to get hurt now than April 5.”
He said surgery will not be required.
“The problem is, the doctors told me it’s a classic baseball injury,” Teixeira said. “An overuse injury where I just have to let it heal. It’s not one of those things I can play through. I can’t play at 70 or 80 percent because you have the opportunity of completely tearing it and then you will need surgery.”
Manager Joe Girardi said he hoped for the best.
“Wrists are tricky,” he said. “They said he was going to be back in 10 weeks. That was the diagnosis we got, eight to 10 weeks. You never know when you are coming back from a wrist. Sometimes there is a setback.”
“I have to manage day by day, like I always do. When I get him back and when Curtis comes back, it obviously changes our lineup. Until then I have to manage as if they are not there,” he said.
The Yankees don’t appear likely to move Kevin Youkilis from third to first. Youkilis was signed in December to fill in for third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who will be out until at least the All-Star break after left hip surgery in January.
Youkilis said he’s willing to play wherever he’s needed.
“Put me out there and I’ll go play,” Youkilis said. “I just want to win. Whatever is going to make the team win is where I’m going to play.”