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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 28:  Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees reacts after striking out to end the bottom of the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on July 28, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images) Mark Teixeira, over the weekend.

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The Yankees Could Do Without a Mark Teixeira Injury [Updated]

So Mark Teixeira left last night's game with a wrist injury and will have an MRI today to find out what's what. X-rays taken last night were negative, and obviously, there's no point in speculating what could be wrong with the Yankees' first baseman. (For all we know, it's nothing serious and will only sideline him for a few days.) But while we wait for those results, it's at least worth pointing out that the Yankees could really do without another injury to a starter. It's not that they don't have anyone that could play first base: Eric Chavez and Jayson Nix could do it, though they're currently filling in at third for the injured Alex Rodriguez. Nick Swisher can also play there, allowing the Yankees to keep Ichiro in right and use the same left-fielders they'd been using since Brett Gardner went down.

One wonders, though, how many hits their lineup can take before it really starts to cost them. Teixeira, a mainstay of the heart of the Yankees' order, might not be posting All-Star numbers, but he does have twenty homers and a solid OPS of .830, third best on the team. For what it's worth, Brian Cashman said before yesterday's game he was pessimistic that he'd be making any trades today, but if the Yankees learn the results of Teixeira's MRI before the 4 p.m. deadline (and if the results aren't good), it's possible that could change. For now, though, all one can do is simply stay tuned, and in the words of Joe Girardi, "keep your fingers crossed."

Update: Via the LoHud Yankees Blog, Teixeira's MRI revealed no structural damage and he's been diagnosed with inflammation in the left wrist. He was given a cortisone injection, and he'll be re-evaluated in three days.

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