NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira received a cortisone injection in his troublesome right wrist on Monday, the third one he has required this season, and he is hopeful it will allow him to return to the lineup and finish the year healthy.
Teixeira said the soreness and inflammation in his wrist were in a slightly different location than the areas addressed by the first two injections. He said that tests showed the structure of his surgically repaired wrist is fine, but the discomfort required more treatment.
"Weekend golfers can get away with it the year after surgery, playing now and then and taking some time off. I can't," Teixeira said. "I'm trying to play every game I can. This last week of the season, I will do whatever I can to stay out there and play every game."
Teixeira said that he could return to the Yankees' lineup as soon as Tuesday. The first baseman is batting .216 with 21 home runs and 58 RBIs in 119 games, and it is possible that playing in 150 games or more -- which he hasn't done since 2011 -- may no longer be a realistic goal.
"I never want to say I am going to play 150 games-plus again, because who knows?" Teixeira said. "You never know what is going to happen. I know my wrist is going to be healthier next year -- it's going to be stronger."
Teixeira said that he is "very excited" about having a normal offseason of strengthening ahead after dedicating most of this past winter to rehab from the wrist procedure.
"Strength has never been an issue for me, and this year it has been," Teixeira said. "I am hoping getting a little stronger this offseason will help me not only stay healthier, which is very important, but also performance-wise."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.