UPDATE: Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Teixeira received a cortisone shot and is unlikely to return until Wednesday.
6:12 p.m. ET: Mark Teixeira is having a resurgent season for the Yankees, but Alex Schiffer of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that he was sent for an MRI today because of a lingering issue in his neck.
Teixeira has been battling stiffness in his neck dating back to a series against the Orioles last weekend. After sitting out a game last Wednesday, he’s out of the lineup again tonight against the Phillies. The results of the MRI aren’t yet known, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi is hopeful he’ll be able to return on Wednesday:
“His neck’s bothering him again,” Girardi said. “We’re going to give him the day off and see where we’re at and we haven’t been able to clear it up. We’re hoping that another day off will help.”
Teixeira is enjoying a bounceback year at the age of 35, posting a .920 OPS to go along with 18 home runs and 49 RBI.