NEW YORK -- The Yankees received good news on Tuesday morning concerning Mark Teixeira's left wrist, as the first baseman's MRI exam revealed only inflammation and no structural damage.
Teixeira received a cortisone injection after being seen by team physician Christopher Ahmad, as well as specialist Melvin Rosenwasser, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Teixeira will be re-evaluated in three days, the Yankees said, and the slugger said he "would love to" play on Friday against the Mariners.
"It's always disappointing when you have to miss a few games, but we're not supermen," Teixeira said. "Everyone has to deal with things. It's better to take care of it now, especially something like this that can be taken care of with cortisone and rest, than try to play through it and not be 100 percent the rest of the year."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he was very happy to hear the results of the exam, having been worried by Teixeira's inability to swing a bat during Monday's 5-4 loss to the Orioles.
"That was a huge relief," Girardi said. "I was preparing for the worst today as I was waiting for the phone call. I was concerned about it because Tex very seldom -- if ever -- comes out of a game. There's usually something seriously wrong if he ever comes out of a game."
Teixeira was forced to leave Monday's game after diving for J.J. Hardy's seventh-inning shot down the first-base line, landing on his left wrist.
Teixeira revealed after the game that he had actually hurt the wrist with a swing on Sunday against the Red Sox but was trying to play through the pain.
"I'm very relieved, but it's what I expected," Teixeira said. "When you're injured, you can tell if something's seriously wrong. I didn't feel like there was something seriously wrong. I just felt like my wrist was sore and I needed to get it fixed."
Teixeira, 32, is batting .256 with 20 home runs and 71 RBIs in 98 games for New York this season. Girardi said that the Yankees would know more about his expected time frame after Friday's exam.
"We're hoping by Friday he feels really good and he could possibly be a player for us, or shortly thereafter," Girardi said. "But we'll know more by Friday, after we give it a couple of days to calm down."
Granderson recognized for hustle on the field
NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson is being recognized as the Yankees' winner of the 2012 Heart and Hustle Award, issued annually by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.
Granderson received the honor -- presented by former Yankees outfielder Mickey Rivers -- prior to Tuesday's game against the Orioles. The award recognizes one player on each Major League team who demonstrates a passion for baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.
One player will be chosen as the final Heart and Hustle Award recipient at the Legends for Youth dinner in New York on Nov. 13. The Angels' Torii Hunter was selected as last year's overall winner; Granderson also won the Yankees' honors in 2011.
With their acquisition of corner infielder Casey McGehee on Tuesday, the Yankees returned to Trade Deadline activity after sitting out in 2011, their first year without a late-July trade since 2002. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman's last Deadline deals came on July 31, 2010, when he acquired first baseman Lance Berkman and pitcher Kerry Wood from the Astros and Indians, respectively.
The Yankees have lost their last six games to be decided by one run. It is their longest streak since 1995, when they lost seven straight one-run decisions, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
On this date in 2007, the Yankees matched a franchise record with eight home runs in a 16-3 win over the White Sox. Seven Yankees homered in the game, with Hideki Matsui going deep twice.