TAMPA — The Yankees certainly didn't need this.
1B Mark Teixeira suffered a strained right wrist Tuesday, costing him his spot on the World Baseball Classic roster.
The Yankees, already dealing with several key injuries, are hoping that's all it costs him.
Manager Joe Girardi said Teixeira was taking swings in the batting cage before Team USA's game against the White Sox in Glendale, Ariz., and "felt something in his hand or wrist."
According to Girardi, X-rays were negative but more tests are planned. Teixeira, limited to 123 games last season because of various injuries — the most serious was a left calf strain that sidelined him for much of September — was headed to New York on Tuesday night. He'll be evaluated today by a team physician and a hand specialist.
"I was kind of shocked," Girardi said.
Girardi said first-base options include Juan Rivera, former Ray Dan Johnson and Kevin Youkilis, who is slated to sub for injured 3B Alex Rodriguez. New York is also missing OF Curtis Granderson for at least the first month of the season with a fractured right forearm.
Phils: No worries
CLEARWATER — Cole Hamels' third spring start looked more like batting practice for the Dominican Republic.
The Phillies left-hander allowed eight runs on 12 hits in 22/3 innings against the Dominicans, who prepared for the World Baseball Classic by amassing 28 hits in a 15-2 romp.
Hamels wasn't concerned about the results because he's still prepping for the regular season and not at full strength.
"I can't get off my game plan, because, thank goodness, it doesn't count," Hamels said. "So, that's the situation where I have a game plan of what I'm trying to execute (Tuesday), no matter what their game plan is. So if it hits at the wrong time, which a lot of the pitches did, obviously it's not going to look good."
Jays: In the mix
DUNEDIN — The Blue Jays looked past the numbers when evaluating J.A. Happ.
The left-hander, who is trying to make the team as either a starter or reliever, allowed six hits and two runs in three innings of a 6-6 game with the Orioles. The numbers, he said, looked worse than they were.
"I thought it went all right," Happ said. "Was glad to get through three innings; felt strong in the first and third. Keep working on getting the pitch count up and everything. Gave up some hits, but they were balls through the infield for the most part. Overall, I feel good about it."
Manager John Gibbons also was pleased.
"I thought he threw good," he said. "Where he's really effective is up. He's opposite of a lot of guys. When the ball stays down they got a few hits there. Ball's flying pretty good to left (Tuesday). But overall I thought it was a good outing for him."