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MRI shows no new damage in Mark Teixeira’s right wrist


Yankees manager Joe Girardi acknowledged to reporters late last week that Mark Teixeira has been having some difficulty with his surgically-repaired right wrist. But it’s nothing too serious.

According to beat writer Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Yankees first baseman underwent an MRI on Sunday morning back in New York City that showed no new structural damage in the wrist. Teixeira only has mild inflammation, which was treated immediately with a cortisone shot.

The Yankees will head home from Anaheim this evening and are set to open a two-game interleague series against the Dodgers on Tuesday night after Monday’s team off day. Teixeira is highly likely to miss that series with L.A. but the hope is that he won’t require a stint on the 15-day disabled list.

The 33-year-old is batting .151/.270/.340 since his return to the Yankees on May 31.

Shawn Tolleson becomes a free agent

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The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.

Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.

Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.

Indians strongly considering starting Carlos Santana in left field sans DH

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against Marco Estrada #25 of the Toronto Blue Jays during game five of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.

Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.