The New York Yankees fear 1st baseman Mark Teixeira aggravated a leg injury in an ill-fated sprint to 1st base, and the scale of his strained left calf will determine if he returns to play this season.
Teixeira returned Saturday night from a ten-day absence, and then hurt himself on the final play of New York’s 5-4 loss to Baltimore.
Asked Sun. if he envisioned Teixeira playing anytime soon, Yankees manager Joe Girardi replied: ”No, I don’t think he is going to be a player for us. I’d be surprised, but we’ll just need to wait and see.”
Girardi claims Teixeira will have an MRI. If his calf is in the same condition as 2 weeks ago, then his return before October will be in question.
”He’s sore,” Girardi said. ”He doesn’t feel like it’s back to square one, but it is sore.”
The New York Yankees had runners at the corners with one out in the 9th when Teixeira hit a grounder to 2nd. After the force at 2nd, he seemed to make a head first dive into 1st base to try to beat the relay.
”I think that’s when he actually felt it,” Girardi expounded. ”He busted his rear end to get down there. It’s unfortunate.” Especially because replays showed Teixeira beat the throw.
Steve Pearce was first base for the Yankees on Sunday. Girardi announced N.Y, which is locked in a heated division race with the Baltimore, will simply have to proceed without Teixeira.
”We missed him for 10 games. Now we’re going to miss him for more,” Girardi said. ”We need other guys to pick up the slack.”
The N.Y Yankees were careful not to rush Teixeira into the lineup, but their patience went unrewarded.
”He said he was good to go Friday. But I didn’t play him Friday. I waited till Saturday,” Girardi said. ”And I do believe he was ready to go. But I think he got in a mad play and it just happened again.”
After the 5-4 loss, Teixeira said he was aware he had hurt the calf again. Teixeira also was critical of the integrity of the umpires, saying that they might have made some calls because they wanted the game to finish instead of an extended comeback. Teixeira stated that he expected to be fined for his comments.
“There is frustration,” Girardi claimed. “I don’t worry about that.”
Teixeira is tied with Curtis Granderson for the Yankees’ team lead with 81 RBIs. He is batting .255 with 23 homers. The Yankees especially need Teixeira as a right-handed batter to counterbalance their lineups because of his .891 OPS against left-handed pitching. Scores
Teixeira isn’t the Yankees’ only concern. CC Sabathia gave up 3 homers Saturday night and has experienced a drop in velocity. The big left-hander and Girardi contend he is healthy, and there appears to be no real reason for his struggles of late.
”Could be innings over his career. He’s logged in a lot of innings over his career,” Girardi expounded. ”I mean, that’s the single thing I can point to. How many years did he go 250 innings?”