Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has started just one game since fouling a ball off his shin two weeks ago and manager Joe Girardi revealed today that there’s no timetable for his return because the team now thinks the injury is more serious than initially believed.
Girardi told reporters that Teixeira will be on crutches for at least “a few days” and it’s certainly starting to sound like the Yankees fear he may be sidelined for a significant period of time. Girardi expressed optimism that he’ll play again this season, saying it’s a “deep bone bruise” but no fracture was found.
Teixeira has had a tremendous bounceback season, staying healthy enough to play 109 of the Yankees’ first 117 games while hitting .255 with 31 homers and a .906 OPS. He made his first All-Star team since 2009, which is also the last time he topped a .900 OPS.
Rookie Greg Bird has been the primary first baseman in Teixeira’s absence, hitting .250 with two homers and a .721 OPS through 16 games at age 22. Alex Rodriguez seeing time at first base is another option for Girardi, who could then use Carlos Beltran at designated hitter and free up an outfield spot.
Mark Teixeira, continues to have issues with a deep bone bruise in his lower right leg. He hasn’t played since last Wednesday and said over the weekend that he’s having “serious pain” when he attempts to run. It’s getting so bad that he has left the Yankees and is heading back to New York for more tests and will miss the Yankees’ series with the Red Sox.
Teixeira is hitting .255/.357/.548 with 31 homers on the year and has been a key contributor as the Yankees have challenged for the AL East title. For the time being, however, first base will have to be manned by Greg Bird and, perhaps, Alex Rodriguez, who took some grounders there late last week. The Bombers will face lefties both tonight and Wednesday, so if we see A-Rod there, expect it one of those nights.
We have some sad news to bring you tonight. As ESPN and others have reported, a fan fell from the upper deck onto the field-level seats at Turner Field during Saturday night’s game between the Yankees and the Braves. ESPN’s Wallace Matthews describes the fan as a man in his early 60’s. He died after being taken to a hospital.
Witnesses say the fan had been drinking, and was heckling Alex Rodriguez before falling. The fall was estimated at approximately 50 feet. He was tended to by medical personnel at the stadium for about 10 minutes before he was taken out on a stretcher.
It’s the second fan fatality in three years at Turner Field. In August 2013, a 30-year-old fan fell approximately 65 feet during a Phillies-Braves game.
We offer our condolences to the fan’s family and friends, as well as those who witnessed the accident on Saturday night.