Yankees fear Teixeira could be lost for a while
BALTIMORE (AP) - The New York Yankees fear first baseman Mark Teixeira aggravated a leg injury in an ill-fated sprint to first base, and the severity of his strained left calf will determine if he returns to play this season.
Teixeira returned Saturday night from a 10-day absence, then hurt himself on the final play of New York's 5-4 loss to Baltimore.
Asked Sunday if he envisioned Teixeira playing anytime soon, Yankees manager Joe Girardi replied: "No, I don't think he'll be a player for us. I'd be surprised, but we'll just have to wait and see.''
Girardi says Teixeira will have an MRI on Monday. If his calf is in the same condition as two 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's sore.''
The Yankees had runners at the corners with one out in the ninth when Teixeira hit a grounder to second. After the force at second, he made a headfirst dive into first base in an effort to beat the relay.
"I think that's when he really felt it,'' Girardi said. "He busted his rear end to get down there. It's unfortunate.''
Especially because replays showed Teixeira beat the throw.
Steve Pearce was at first base for the Yankees on Sunday. Girardi said New York, which is locked in a heated division race with the Orioles, 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 Yankees were careful not to rush Teixeira back into the lineup, but their patience went unrewarded.
"He said he was ready to go Friday. But I didn't play him Friday. I waited until Saturday,'' Girardi said. "And I do believe he was ready to go. But I think he got in a crazy play and it just happened again.''
Teixeira isn't the Yankees' only concern. CC Sabathia gave up three 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 explanation for his struggles of late.
"Could be innings over his career. He's logged in a lot of innings over his career,'' Girardi said. "I mean, that's the only thing I can point to. How many years in a row did he go 250 innings?''