The Yankees’ offense busted out of a slump last night against the Braves, but they did it without Mark Teixeira, who continues to have issues with a deep bone bruise in his lower right leg.
Teixeira originally suffered the injury when he fouled a ball of his leg on August 17. The All-Star first baseman returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday and appeared as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday, but he told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that he’s having “serious pain” when he attempts to run.
“It’s not as good as I would have hoped,” Teixeira said. “Running is still a big struggle. I can’t run. It’s just as simple as that. It’s very frustrating.”
A fracture in the leg was ruled out after Teixeira went for X-ray, MRI and CT scan, so he’ll just have to wait for the inflammation to go down. With rosters set to expand on Tuesday, there’s no need for the Yankees to place him on the 15-day disabled list. However, the timetable for his return is very much up in the air.
The leg injury has interrupted what has been a resurgent season for Teixeira, who is batting .255/.357/.548 with 31 home runs and 79 RBI over 111 games. Rookie Greg Bird has been filling in at first base for New York.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.