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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Yankees Injury Update: Mark Teixeira scratched after feeling lightheaded

By on 8/05/2014 08:00:00 AM

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was a late scratch on Monday after the sudden onset of nausea and lightheadedness. Jake Kring-Schriefels of writes that Teixeira only started feeling unwell around an hour before the game and rested for most of the contest after seeing the doctor. Kring-Schriefels quoted Teixeira, who was not sure what the cause was but hoped this was the last of it:

"I got some IVs, they said I might have been a little dehydrated, I'm not sure what happened," Teixeira said. "It could be a little bug, could be food poisoning, could've been a lot of things, but it knocked me on my tail a little bit. I just got off the trainers' table, so it's been a fun day. It really just hit me all at once. Hopefully that's the last time I feel it."
Kring-Schriefels notes that Chase Headley played first base, with Martin Prado moving in from right field to third base and Ichiro Suzuki starting instead of Teixeira, covering right field. Headley had played just three major league innings at first before last night and never played there in the minors.

Teixeira has already missed time this year with a variety of ailments, including wrist, back and groin problems, and a DL trip with a hamstring strain. The 34-year-old also played in just 15 games last year because of a torn tendon sheath in his wrist. He has at least seen his power return somewhat this year, hitting 19 home runs in his 342 plate appearances, although his .455 slugging percentage is still well below his career average of .522.  

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