Mark Teixeira left Tuesday night’s game against the Red Sox early after he was hit in the right knee by Jon Lester and immediately dropped to the ground. He was taken to the hospital where X-Rays came back negative, but he has been diagnosed with a knee contusion and will be re-evaluated tomorrow, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
Teixeira will almost definitely miss at least a few games as the injury looked pretty bad at the time, but the Yankees dodged a bullet. With Eric Chavez on the DL, Jorge Posada is really their only backup for Teixeira and with a bad glove and a old bat, he is not much of a backup. Posada is also the DH, so he himself would need to be replaced.
This doesn’t mean that Teixeira will necessarily avoid DL time, he just won’t spend extended time on the DL. In that case the Yankees could call up Jorge Vazquez, but there is no guarantee the success he’s had in the minors would translate to the majors and his defense is poor. So the Yankees will certainly suffer if Teixeira spends any amount of time on the DL.
We won’t know much until they re-evaluate him tomorrow, but best case scenario seems to be a couple of days. One to three weeks out is not out of the question.