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.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.
When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.
With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.
Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.
“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”
Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”
Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.
Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.