Mark Teixeira gave the Yankees Universe a small scare on Saturday night when he was lifted suddenly from the Yanks’ game against the White Sox.
The Yankees later revealed that he suffered a bone bruise in his right thumb when he attempted to snag a ball in foul territory Friday and hit the ground hard. Teixeira made it through batting practice without too much discomfort on Saturday afternoon, but he didn’t feel good in his one at-bat and was replaced in the lineup by Curtis Granderson by the third inning.
Chad Jennings of the Journal News reports that Teixeira is being called day-to-day and should be available, if not starting, during Sunday’s series finale against Chicago. So all is well.
The big man is batting .257/.363/.492 on the season with 28 homers and 91 RBI in 486 at-bats.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.