Mark Teixeira MRI Shows Inflammation, No Wrist Tear

Good news for New York Yankees fans after Mark Teixeira's right wrist MRI showed no signs of tearing and only a small amount of inflammation.

News of the MRI surfaced on Sunday as Yankees manager Joe Girardi revealed that his first baseman had received a cortisone shot. Girardi says Teixeira will be re-evaluated in a few days.

Losing Teixeira would deal another blow to the already injured Yankees who are without Derek Jeter (ankle), Alex Rodriguez (hip), Curtis Granderson (hand), Eduardo Nunez (rib cage), and Francisco Cervelli (hand).

The 33-year-old Teixeira left Saturday's start after re-aggravating his wrist. Teixeira suffered tendon-sheath damage back in early March and only made his return to the Yankees in May.

When the injury first occurred, the Yankees staff decided to take a conservative approach to healing rather than engaging in season-ending surgery.

Mark Teixeira's return for 15 games has been disastrous with 8-for-53 (.151) batting and three home runs.

Part of the batter's troubles have been blamed on his inability to take part in his pregame hitting routine. Teixeira has sat out pregame rituals because of lingering pain in his wrist which has caused discomfort. The batter's discomfort during pregame practice was confirmed by hitting coach Kevin Long.

If Mark Teixeira's wrist is not showing signs of improvement during his next evaluation, the New York Yankee's batter could be forced to perform surgery, a move that would end his season and leave the Yankees with yet another player on the long-term disabled list. If Teixeira shows signs of improvement, he could also face another stint in the minor's, which would still leave the Yankee's with a temporary hole to fill.

Do you think Mark Teixeira will return to normal play during the current season?