Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was ready to test out his wrist this spring after dealing with an injury for over a year, but the team's pitching coach, Larry Rothschild, shut him down after a 21-pitch session, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand.
Teixeira, who turns 34 next month, was simply irritated that he didn't get to put more work in. A rift between the Yanks and their first baseman is far from the result of the abbreviated game simulation.
The Yankees are bringing Tex along slowly to avoid any more complications in his recovery from the injury that kept him out for most of the 2013 season.
While he might want to accelerate his return to regular team activities, the Yankees are being cautious, because as Feinsand puts it, they "have no contingency plan if Teixeira’s wrist troubles him again."
MLB Depth Charts currently has Teixeira listed as the team's cleanup hitter, and they don't appear to be prepared to enter the 2014 season with a utility infielder that regularly plays first. At this point it looks like they will rely on Eduardo Nunez and Brendan Ryan as their bench infielders.
The most likely players in the organization to see time at first in Teixeira's absence are non-roster invitees Russ Canzler and Yangervis Solarte, so the Yanks are "keeping their fingers crossed" in regard to Teixeira's wrist.