Mark Teixeira has a fractured leg; is done for the season

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Mark Teixeira‘s “deep bone bruise” is worse than that: the Yankees just announced that he has a leg fracture. To his shin, specifically. He’s done for the year.

Yesterday, after some rest, Teixeira was quoted as saying that his leg simply “didn’t work” anymore. This would explain why. Brian Cashman just told the media that it’s not clear why this was not detected before, but that he suspects it has been fractured all along.

His season has been a fantastic one. He was hitting .255/.357/.548 with 31 homers when he went down. That’s far better than what anyone could’ve expected and one which has helped the Yankees to get where they are now, in playoff position. But now it’s over and Greg Bird and, perhaps, Chase Headley, will have to carry first base the rest of the way.

The recovery period for the fracture is three months, so Teixeira should be fine for spring training.