NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira was held out of Friday's lineup with inflammation in his left wrist, and the first baseman could miss more time during the Yankees' weekend series against the Red Sox.

The injury is directly related to previous wrist soreness that caused him to miss games on July 31 and Aug. 1, and forced him to get a cortisone shot to reduce swelling. Teixeira hasn't sat out a game since he returned on Aug. 3, which is the day the Yankees started a 14-game stretch without an off-day.

"I hope it's just a day here, a day there," Teixeira said. "We've been playing really well as a team the last few months. Because of that, we have a little bit of a cushion that we can afford to take a day and be smart about things."

Manager Joe Girardi said he wouldn't be surprised if the soreness in Teixeira's wrist took longer than a day to subside, but he didn't think it would resonate as a long-term problem. The switch-hitting Teixeira has felt soreness for the last few days, so he won't take swings from either side of the plate on Friday. The wrist doesn't bother him when he hits off a tee or takes batting practice, but he said it does flare up if he swings and misses or check swings violently.

"I'm taking 50 swings in the cage, 20 on the field every day and then end of game swings. That just adds up after a couple weeks," Teixeira said. "You have an area that takes a pounding. The weakness and the soreness just need to get out of there."

Nick Swisher started at first base on Friday, and he will likely see the bulk of time as Teixeira's replacement while the Yankees slugger is sidelined. Casey McGehee could also be an option at first, but Girardi likes playing Ichiro Suzuki in right field when Swisher moves to the infield.

"I've been managing it," Girardi said. "It's really a day-by-day thing that I have to go through right now, and we have to go through as a club."

Girardi still expects CC to return next weekend

NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia threw from flat ground before Friday's game against the Red Sox for the second consecutive day, and he will throw a bullpen session soon, although manager Joe Girardi was unsure of the exact date.

Sabathia, on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow soreness, is eligible to be activated Thursday. The Yankees initially expected Sabathia to spend the minimum number of days on the DL, then start their series opener Aug. 24 in Cleveland. Girardi refused to commit to that Friday, but still expects Sabathia to return for that weekend series.

"I haven't really nailed down that that's the date," Girardi said. "We have to see how the bullpens go and how he feels. That way I have a little leeway for the second day or the third day [of the series against the Indians], whenever it is. Let's just see how his bullpens go before I give an exact date."

Bombers bits

• Ichiro is 12-for-26 in his past seven starts and is hitting .312 with a .338 slugging percentage as a member of the Yankees, but Girardi said there is no thought to returning Ichiro to the leadoff spot, where he spent most of his career with Seattle.

He hit ninth for the Yankees in the series opener Friday against the Red Sox.

"I like what [Suzuki has] done down there [in the bottom third of the lineup]," Girardi said. "He's been good for us, and [Derek Jeter] has been really good for us [at leadoff], as well."

• Robinson Cano returned to the starting lineup Friday at Yankee Stadium, hitting third and playing second base against the Red Sox after nursing a stiff neck for the previous two days. Cano pinch-hit Thursday, drawing a walk and remaining in the field for one inning.

• Andy Pettitte threw from flat ground before Friday's game against the Red Sox, and Girardi said the left-hander is "just progressing along" from a fractured left ankle, suffered June 27.