6/18/2013 9:13 P.M. ET
Inflammation in wrist lands Teixeira on DL
By Bryan Hoch and Josh Vitale / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira's swing wasn't right. He felt it during the Yankees' four-game series in Seattle. He wasn't finishing his swing, he was striking out too much, and the balls he did hit weren't carrying the way they were supposed to.
Teixeira hadn't been hitting off a tee since coming off the disabled list -- he didn't want to work his injured right wrist too hard -- but he decided to do so before Saturday's game against the Angels to see if he could work out his issues at the plate. But after two at-bats, he removed himself from the lineup.
"I can't swing right now," Teixeira told hitting coach Kevin Long. "We need to get this looked at."
An MRI revealed inflammation in the right wrist, and the Yankees placed their first baseman on the disabled list on Tuesday.
Manager Joe Girardi thinks Teixeira will need only a week of rest, but the Yankees decided to put him on the DL so they wouldn't be shorthanded for the games he would miss.
"Inflammation is going to cause some sort of a weakness as time goes on. The more inflamed it gets, the harder it's going to be," Girardi said. "There's not really any hesitation in my mind that makes me believe he won't be back when the 15 days is up."
Teixeira had played in 19 games in 20 days between Class A Advanced Tampa, Double-A Trenton and New York, and he said that could be the cause of the inflammation. He batted .151 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 15 games with the Yankees.
"Obviously, 19 of 20 is too much. We learned that the hard way," Teixeira said. "If maybe once a week I take a day off -- just to let it rest -- if I can do that all year, that's great."
Teixeira said that he felt great when he came off the DL on May 31, and he showed it, belting three home runs and driving in eight RBIs in his first seven games. But by the middle of the series against the Mariners, he didn't feel like he was finishing his swing from the left side of the plate.
"I changed my mechanics a little too much to protect it, and that's what I didn't want to do," he said. "Once Kevin said, 'Mark, that's not your real swing, you're not finishing your swing.' When your mechanics break down, you stink, and you're hurt. So we've got to fix this."
Teixeira said that his right-handed swing feels fine, but his swing hurts as from the left side of the plate; his right hand is the lead hand. Through 15 games he was batting .278 from the right side of the plate and just .086 from the left.
He has no plans to abandon his left-handed swing, though, not even in the short-term. He said it wouldn't help the team if he only played against lefties, and he has no plans of playing just as a righty rather than switch-hitting.
Right now it's just inflammation, and he has every bit of hope that he'll need only 15 days of rest to get his right wrist back into playing shape. Surgery could still be an option down the road, but he hopes this isn't something that will keep affecting him the rest of the season.
"I'm a positive thinker," he said. "If you're pessimistic in this game, you'll never make it. Because you fail enough, you get hurt enough. If every single day you said, 'This hurts, that hurts and I'm probably going to go 0-fer,' you just wouldn't last. So I'm going to hope for the best."
Youkilis to miss at least 10 weeks after surgery
NEW YORK -- Kevin Youkilis has been scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back and is not expected to return to the lineup for a minimum of 10 to 12 weeks, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on Tuesday.
The procedure will be performed on Thursday by Dr. Robert Watkins in Marina Del Rey, Calif., and Youkilis will remain in California until he is able to resume baseball activities.
"It's not how you draw it up, there's no doubt about that," Cashman said. "Kevin is a [great] player when healthy, he just hasn't been in a position to show what he's capable of in-season because of the back. He looked great in the spring, and we had high hopes. He obviously did so much for Boston over the years."
Youkilis, 34, played in just 28 games this season after signing a one-year, $12 million contract in January, and he was batting .219 with two home runs and eight RBIs. His current DL stint is the second of the year, as he missed 30 games with a sprained lumbar beginning in late April.
The Yankees were aware of Youkilis' history of back trouble, but he passed all of his physicals before the season and was being counted on to continue excelling against left-handed pitching with Alex Rodriguez not expected to return until after the All-Star break.
"With the Alex injury, he was by far the best option, as long as he was healthy," Cashman said. "Unfortunately, his health has taken a turn for the worse. He's not available to us, [we've] got to get him fixed; [there's] nothing we can do about it."
The Yankees can continue to use David Adams, Reid Brignac and Jayson Nix at third base, and Cashman said that even with Rodriguez apparently on the comeback trail -- he tracked pitches on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., one small step from taking batting practice -- he will be open to other options to replace Youkilis.
"We're always looking to upgrade if we can regardless of position," he said. "You have to keep in mind, too, that we expect to get Alex back. As of right now, we're going with what we have, and if we ever run into something that makes sense, then we'll look at that. We'll keep going with what we've got."
• To replace Mark Teixeira on the active roster, the Yankees selected the contract of outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Almonte was batting .297 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 68 games with the RailRiders this season.
"He's a switch-hitter, an outfielder. We can give him a start here, use him as a pinch-hitter off the bench," manager Joe Girardi said. "There's some different things he can do."
• The Yankees also recalled reliever Adam Warren from Scranton and designated Chris Bootcheck for assignment. Warren has a 3.12 ERA in 34 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. Bootcheck allowed a run on two hits in his only inning pitched for the Yankees.
• Third baseman Alex Rodriguez continued his rehab on Tuesday, tracking pitches in Tampa, Fla. He's set to do more rehab work on Wednesday.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.