Teixeira out 10-14 days with 'irritated' calf

09/10/2012 4:58 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The New York Yankees announced today that an MRI taken on Mark Teixeira’s left calf revealed irritation of his previous Grade 1 calf strain, and the Gold Glove first baseman is, according to Yankees PR, “expected to be unavailable to play for 10-14 days.”

Teixeira originally injured his calf on August 27, and left that night’s game against Toronto with what was determined to be a Grade 1 strain. After sitting out 12 days, he was re-inserted into the starting lineup for Saturday’s loss at Baltimore, but re-aggravated the injury while sliding into first base on the final play of the game.

“He’s sore,” manager Joe Girardi said after that loss. “He doesn’t feel like it’s back to square one, but it’s sore. I think he really felt it on that last play, but he was trying to beat that ball out.”

Girardi was optimistic at that point that Teixeira could return in a day or two, but as of now, the 10-14 day timeline would have the first baseman returning at best somewhere between September 20 and 24 – when there would be just about a dozen games remaining on the Yankees’ schedule. However, Teixeira, who is hitting .255 with 23 homers and 81 RBI in 120 games this season, admitted over the weekend that he may not have been fully healed when he returned to action Saturday, but will be more cautious with this setback.

“This time I tried to come back when it was about 80 percent. I know it won’t be 100 percent, but it’s got to be better,” he said. “I’ve just got to be smarter coming back.”

The Yankees entered Monday's off day with a one-game lead over Baltimore in the AL East, and will play a three-game set in Boston Tuesday-Thursday before returning home for an 11-day, 10-game homestand against Tampa Bay, Toronto, and Oakland.

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