The oft-injured New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has declared himself ready to go and is back in the Yankees lineup after missing three straight games, according to MLB.com .
Teixeira has been suffering with some inflammation in his surgically-repaired right wrist, but was able to take batting practice with the team on Friday.
The wrist injury ended Tex’s 2013 season, and doctors had previously informed Teixeira that this type of swelling and inflammation could be a regular occurrence,
“It’s exactly what we expected,” said Teixeira. “It’s just tendinitis. That’s what we expected. From that standpoint, it’s a relief that there’s no structural damage, but it’s just something that we’ll have to continue to deal with.
“I’ll just stay on top of it. I have stayed on top of it up until now. The next time it flares up, maybe take a day. Hopefully it doesn’t turn into three. Sometimes taking a day when you first feel it will keep you from having to miss three. That’s the goal.”
Without Teixeira in the lineup, the Yankees used a combination of Kelly Johnson, Brian McCann and Brendan Ryan (none of whom are regular first basemen) at first base in their series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
I think it’s safe to say Yankees fans are glad to see Tex back at the first base bag.