New York Yankees 1st baseman Mark Teixeira suffered a Grade 1 strain of his left calf in the Yankees’ 8-7 loss to Toronto.
Manager Joe Girardi claimed he does not expect Teixeira to play in the remainder of this series, and potentially not the next one either.
“It might be 7 days, it may be two weeks,” Teixeira related after the game.
The 1st baseman initially suffered the injury while running out of the batter’s box on a bad ball in the 4th. He stayed in the game, worked a walk and eventually scored on Russell Martin’s single to right. He claimed the strain tightened up on him while he was on the basepaths.
Teixeira got replaced at 1st by Eric Chavez. Jayson Nix entered at 3rd in place of Chavez.
“It’s sore,” Teixeira announced. “It’s a Grade 1 strain so we’ll see how long it takes.”
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter suffered a Grade 1 calf strain last season as he was on the precipice of the 3,000-hit plateau. He spent almost 3 weeks on the DL. Teixeira hesitated to put a timetable on his injury.
“I don’t know; It may be as little as a week,” said Teixeira, whose calf was wrapped up in the locker room. “Or it might be 2 weeks, but I don’t really know.” Basketball spreads
Nick Swisher has replaced Teixeira at first base at times this season. Other options to replace Teixeira include Chavez, Casey McGehee and the newly acquired Steve Pearce, whom the Yankees picked up earlier Monday in a trade with Houston Astros for money points to consider.
“Guys are going to have to step up,” Jeter claimed.
Teixeira has suffered through several bumps and bruises this season, but the calf injury appears to be the most severe.
Earlier this month, he missed 3 games due to soreness in his left wrist. It was the 2nd time this season that he’d been affected by the injury.
He first injures the wrist on a swing-and-miss in a game against the Boston Red Sox in late July and missed 2 games after receiving a cortisone shot on July 31.
Teixeira played 14 games in a row before getting removed from the lineup for the Yanks’ August 17 game against Boston and wound up sitting out all 3 games.
The 32-year-old is hitting .255 with 23 homers and 81 RBIs this season. His latest injury comes at a critical time for the N.Y Yankees, who play their next 21 games against American League East opponents.
Also leaving the game early was Blue Jays pitcher Henderson Alvarez, who exited with a bruised left shin.
Martin hit a tough grounder off Alvarez’s leg in the 4th inning Monday night and the ball caromed into shallow right field for an RBI single. Alvarez hobbled over to the 1st base line and bent over hurting. The right-hander was checked by a coach and walked slowly off the field.
Aaron Laffey came in to pitch for the banged-up Toronto Blue Jays and was given the time he needed to warm up.