Mark Teixeira's absence from the Yankees lineup proved to be a short one.

The first baseman was back in the cleanup spot last night after missing just two games with an inflamed left wrist that required a cortisone shot.

Teixeira reported no problems after going 1-for-4 in the Yankees' 6-3 victory over the Mariners.

"I felt pretty good," he said. "I didn't expect it to be to a big issue. It was just a little soreness."

Manager Joe Girardi didn't make out his lineup until after Teixeira took grounders at first and took batting practice. Teixeira originally hurt his wrist swinging right-handed against the Red Sox on Sunday and then aggravated the injury diving for a ball on Monday.

"I was just rusty," Teixeira said. "I didn't move my hand for two or three days."