Wednesday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/6/12

It was the wrist pop heard around the world. The biggest news yesterday was yet another injury to a key Yankee. This time the victim was Mark Teixeira who was practicing for the World Baseball Classic when he heard a pop in his right wrist while swinging off a tee.

Say it with me now, "Noooooooo!"

X-rays were taken and they were negative. Teixeira left Arizona yesterday, headed to New York to see the Yankees’ team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad along with Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser, to conduct more tests and is expected to miss at least two weeks.

Last night, another injured member of the Yankees organization, GM Brian Cashman, had this to say about Teixeira's injury:

“I’m obviously worried about it,” Cashman said, “because wrists are very unpredictable. Even if you can get a positive diagnosis back, which of course we hope for, that still doesn’t mean you are out of the woods because wrists are tricky. They are hard to get a handle on. So I’m concerned about it.”

Cashman reported that he was pain-free last night. The doctors put a plate and eight screws into his leg in a surgery performed Monday night. He'll be in a cast for eight weeks - yikes - and will not be able to drive a car.

More on Tex's injury:

The Yankees lost 2-0 to the Atlanta Braves last night at Steinbrenner Field but there was a bright spot, Brett Gardner, who is batting .579 this Spring. I know, it doesn't count but seeing him hit this well is encouraging. And again like I keep saying, can we keep him in bubble wrap?

Today, the Yankees will take on Robinson Cano and his Dominican Republic teammates at Steinbrenner Field. The game will be shown at 1:00 p.m. on MLB Network. It will also be broadcasted on WCBS 880.

Here's the lineup:

Eduardo Nunez SS Jayson Nix 2B Travis Hafner DH Kevin Youkilis 3B Juan Rivera RF Francisco Cervelli C Matt Diaz LF Melky Mesa CF Luke Murton 1B

Hiroki Kuroda is scheduled to start this afternoon.

It looks like Derek Jeter could return to action by Sunday. From the Lohud Yankees blog:

It’s not a sure thing — but also not ruled out — that Derek Jeter could play on Sunday. That’s the day Brian Cashman suggested a few weeks ago. “He’s doing well,” Girardi said. “He’s progressing the way we want, so we’ll see where he is this week. Should know in the next few days if that’s a real possibility.”

And speaking of Jeter, he seems to think this Yankees squad should take a page out of the 1996 World Series Champion Yankees' storybook and play some small ball.

"I don't think we had one guy on that team that hit 40 home runs,'' he said.

Reminded that the 1996 Yankees didn't even have a guy who hit 30 home runs -- Bernie Williams was the team leader with 29 -- Jeter's eyes lit up.

"You see, that's what I'm saying,'' he said. "You don't need home runs to win. We tried it with the home run last year and it didn't work.''

And finally, a story that didn't seem to get much traction yesterday. Joe Torre claims that MLB is looking into expanding replay for 2014.

"We're going to increase replay next year. We just don't know how we're going to go about it yet," Torre said before managing the U.S. team for the World Baseball Classic in an exhibition against the Chicago White Sox.

"I know we're using a number of venues to see what make sense," Torre said, "and it's really making sense with the rhythm of the game as a priority."

Yeah, I'll believe it when I see it.