Injury to sideline Teixeira until early May

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Mark Teixeira is going to be out at least until early May with a strained right wrist tendon, the latest major injury setback for the New York Yankees.

New York general manager Brian Cashman gave the news after the Yankees’ were beat 8-2 by the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team on Wednesday.

Teixeira was hurt swinging a bat Tuesday in an indoor cage during pregame warmups with the U.S. WBC team. Initially, Teixeira was expected to be out eight to 10 days, but Teixeira was examined by Yankees doctors in New York on Wednesday and a diagnosis of eight to 10 weeks was given.

PHILLIES: Roy Halladay says he wasn’t throwing at Tyler Moore after Stephen Strasburg hit Chase Utley with a pitch. Then again, the Phillies ace didn’t dismiss the idea of throwing a payback pitch against their new NL East rivals.

Halladay threw behind Moore’s back an inning after Strasburg hit Utley in a marquee matchup that Philadelphia won over the Washington National 6-3 Wednesday.

“It slipped,” Halladay said of the alleged retaliatory pitch. “I mean, really, I think that’s not necessarily the case but we do need to protect our guys to an extent. I’m not saying that’s what happened. . I don’t think you want to do it but, you know, it wouldn’t have been the worst thing had it got him after getting one of our good guys.”

RANGERS: Derek Lowe is close to agreeing to a minor-league deal with Texas, according the Dallas Morning News.


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