It didn’t look good as Mark Teixeira rounded the bases last night with an obvious limp and his face wincing in pain with every couple of steps. He was lifted from the game in the fifth inning and went for a MRI afterward that revealed a grade 1 calf strain that will keep him out for at least one to two weeks, according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN.
This is a big loss for the Yankees as their lead in the AL East continues to dwindle. This injury may have even cost them last night’s game against the Blue Jays as Jayson Nix took Teixeira’s spot in the lineup and failed to come through late in the game.
Luckily for the Yankees, they traded for first baseman Steve Pearce yesterday who should help fill Teixeira’s spot, at least against lefties. Against right handed pitchers we can probably expect to see Nick Swisher get a fair amount of playing time and somebody like Chris Dickerson, who hits righties very well, could take Swisher’s spot in the outfield.
The silver lining in all of this is that Teixeira will finally get some time off to rest his wrist that has bothered him off and on for nearly a month now.