After having missed the past two weeks with an undisclosed leg injury, it was revealed Friday that New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will miss the remainder of the season with a leg fracture after a recent MRI, according to GM Brian Cashman
He has expressed concern over his leg injury lately and has only played two games since August 17, with his last game coming on August 26. Thursday he explained that his leg “doesn’t really work right now.” The injury was originally diagnosed as a bruised shin.
“I can’t walk without pain yet so that’s kind of the first step,” said Teixeira, prior to their series with the AL East leading Toronto Blue Jays.
The 35-year-old was in the midst of his best season since 2010 as he has clubbed 31 home runs and 79 RBI while hitting .255 with a .906 OPS in 111 games this season for the Yankees. Barring any setbacks, he will be ready for Spring Training as the recovery time is around three months.
With Teixeira gone for the year, rookie Greg Bird will have some big shoes to fill at first base for the Yankees. Bird, 22, has played in 24 games so far and is hitting .241/.319/.458 with five home runs and 17 RBI.
This is pretty bad timing to lose Teixeira for the season as they are in a heated race for the AL East crown with the Toronto Blue Jays and have a four game series with Toronto this weekend at Yankee Stadium. They have skirted by without him for the past few weeks, but if they have aspirations of winning the AL East, they’ll now have to do it without their starting first baseman.
New York currently sits 1.5 games behind of Toronto, but lead the wild card by 4.5 games over the Rangers.