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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Yankees Injury Update: Mark Teixeira DL stint possible

By on 7/24/2014 06:00:00 PM

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira sat out Thursday afternoon's game with the Texas Rangers with a left lat strain, meaning that he missed the entire four-game series that began Monday. At this point, the Yankees still consider him day-to-day, but manager Joe Girardi implied Thursday that if Teixeira does not heal enough to play within a few more days, then another stint on the disabled list is possible.'s Bryan Hoch and Jake Kring-Schreifel report that Teixeira will likely not play Friday when the Yankees begin a crucial three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays for second place in the A.L. East and the lead for the second A.L. Wild Card spot. (Seattle is also tied with the Yankees and Blue Jays for that spot before playing Thursday night).

Teixeira received a plasma injection Monday to reduce inflammation, and he has rested since. Hoch and Kring-Schrefels quoted Girardi discussing Teixeira's condition. Said Girardi,
"It's just seeing how he feels after three or four days. Then we'll decide if we think it's going to be the near future that he would play or we're going to need the 15-day [disabled list]. If it's going to be 12, 13, 14 days, it probably makes sense to get a player here. I don't think [Friday]'s the day.... We felt that we'd give him three days... and then we'd see where we're at."
On Wednesday, the Yankees placed Teixeira's main backup, Kelly Johnson, on the disabled list with a groin strain. Brian McCann has played first base much of this week with Francisco Cervelli catching throughout the Rangers series.

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