Yankees' Teixeira heads back to DL with wrist inflammation
Doctors found inflammation in Teixeira's wrist, though no further damage was reported, which is a good sign. Teixeira received a cortisone shot and will now take a couple weeks off in hopes of his wrist feeling better again. The Yankees' hope is that Teixeira will be able to play through this injury the whole season, but there is still a possibility that the ailment will require surgery.
The Yankees won't miss what Teixeira has been bringing to the plate lately, as he boasts just a .151 average with three home runs, 12 RBI, and five runs scored. However, the team is obviously expecting Teixeira to return to his typical form when he returns from the DL. He batted .251 last season with 24 home runs, 84 RBI, and 66 runs scored in only 123 games. That is more like the production the Yankees are looking for.
In the absence of Teixeira, Lyle Overbay will resume the starting first baseman role that he filled earlier in the season. Through 60 games, Overbay has posted a .240 average with eight home runs, 30 RBI, and 21 runs scored. Overbay is a downgrade in the field, as Teixeira is one of the league's premier defensive first basemen.
The hope is that Teixeira will be ready to return when eligible, but we'll have to see how his wrist reacts to the cortisone shot and two weeks of rest.