Mark Teixeira has previously dealt with same injury.
During last night’s 7-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was removed from the game. Upon initial examination, it appears that Tex had strained his hamstring. He will undergo an MRI on Monday. MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch tweets that Teixeira is “not super optimistic” regarding the hamstring.
As far as who gets the nod at first?
Girardi: Teixeira to DL. Kelly Johnson will be regular 1b, yanks call up Romine. Solarte, Anna, Cervelli would be backup options at 1b
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 5, 2014
Kelly Johnson came into last night’s game after Teixeira’s departure. Seems Yankees manager Joe Girardi is confident that Johnson can fill the bill at least temporarily.
But how much time could Teixeira miss? Hoch provides a potentially grim situation in that Teixeira has dealt with this in the past. In 2010, Tex suffered a grade 2 hamstring strain during the ALCS. It was about a 6-8 week period then. Initially, it doesn’t appear to be that bad of a strain, but until the results of the MRI come back, there’s no way to tell.
In the game’s 2nd inning, Teixeira suffered the injury as he was chasing a foul ball. He attempted to stay in the game, but after an errant throw, then was the time to exit.
In calling up Austin Romine, you would be led to believe that Francisco Cervelli would serve as Johnson’s primary backup at first with Romine being the guy behind Brian McCann. Girardi has already ruled out McCann as playing first.
(Call to Big League Stew)