Mark Teixeira says he has a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist and didn’t rule out missing up to two months of the regular season.
The first baseman rejoined the Yankees at spring training in Tampa on Sunday after getting hurt March 5 while with the US team at the World Baseball Classic. The injury initially was announced as a strained wrist.
‘‘The tendon is fine,’’ Teixeira said. ‘‘That’s the good thing. It’s the sheath that holds the tendon over. It’s the little covering that holds the tendon in place. When you rotate your wrist, that tendon will snap in and out if the sheath is gone, and so the tendon sheath just got damaged a little bit, and we just want to make sure that the tendon is sitting in the groove right and it’s stable. If that doesn’t heal, then the tendon has a chance to get damaged, and you really don’t want that.’’
Teixeira plans to start limited baseball drills in about a week and is optimistic that surgery will not be necessary. The Yankees have said Teixeira will be out until at least May.
‘‘This is something that if I come back early, I’m not going to be very good and I can blow it out and risk surgery, and then I’m gone the whole year,’’ Teixeira said.
The Yankees had a busy day, including their 11-9 win over the Pirates in Bradenton Fla., in which Kevin Youkilis hit his third homer of the spring. They released veteran Matt Diaz, signed as a minor league free agent during the offseason to compete for an outfield spot. The decision to release Diaz came after the Yankees’ recent signings of outfielders Ben Francisco and Brennan Boesch. Boesch was 2 for 3 with an RBI against the Pirates, his second game with the Yankees since signing a $1.5 million one-year contract on Friday. Also, righthander Phil Hughes is expected to throw in his first simulated game Monday since being sidelined by a bulging disk in his upper back on Feb. 18.
Japan out in WBC
Alex Rios hit a two-run homer, Mike Aviles singled twice and drove in a run, and Puerto Rico eliminated two-time reigning World Baseball Classic champion Japan with a 3-1 win in San Francisco.
Puerto Rico will play in Tuesday night’s championship against either the Netherlands or the Dominican Republic. Those teams meet Monday night.
A Puerto Rico team that didn’t even gather as a full squad for the first time until March 4 in Fort Myers, Fla., reached the championship round for the first time.
Crawford in action
Carl Crawford made his first appearance in a Dodgers’ uniform, going 0 for 3 as a Los Angeles split squad beat the Brewers, 11-1, in Glendale, Ariz.
The Dodgers obtained Crawford from the Red Sox on Aug. 25, two days after he had surgery on his left elbow. Crawford had not played in a game since Aug. 19; his spring training was slowed when he felt nerve irritation on March 1. Adrian Gonzalez, obtained in the same trade along with Josh Beckett, hit a three-run homer off Yovani Gallardo in the first and a two-run homer in the fifth against Brad Kintzler.
Zack Greinke threw off a mound for the first time since the Dodgers righthander was shut down March 11 with inflammation in his right elbow. Greinke threw 38 pitches, and said he felt good. The session was his first since his right elbow was injected with plasma rich in platelets.
Early exit for Halladay
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay left after one inning of the Phillies’ 5-3 victory over the Orioles in Clearwater, Fla., because of a stomach virus. Halladay allowed one hit and a walk. He was sweating profusely when he was pitching and at one point bent over behind the mound. Halladay, who did not speak with reporters, was roughed up in his previous start and said he felt ‘‘lethargic’’ afterward. He insisted he had no injury. Halladay missed almost two months last year with a shoulder problem . . . Chris Carter had two home runs and five RBIs in the Astros’ 11-2 win over the Blue Jays in Kissimmee, Fla., boosting his chances to earn the starting job in left field. Carter, acquired Feb. 4 in the trade that sent Jed Lowrie to the Athletics, hit two-run homers in the third and fifth innings against Brandon Morrow, raising his spring training total to four. He also had an RBI groundout . . . Vernon Wells hit his fourth spring homer and Mike Trout had a two-run triple to back C.J. Wilson in the Angels’ 7-4 win over a Padres’ split squad in Tempe, Ariz. Wells went 2 for 2 and is batting .423 (11 for 26). San Diego third baseman Chase Headley left the game in the second inning because of a jammed left thumb . . . Tyler Moore homered twice and had three RBIs to lead the Nationals past the Tigers, 12-10, in Lakeland, Fla. Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez each had two RBIs for Detroit.