Teixeira scratched due to light-headedness
Nearly four hours later, Teixeira still wasn't sure exactly why he felt that way in the first place.
"I have no idea (what brought it on). I was getting ready for the game the normal way I do, and it really just hit me all at once," Teixeira said after the Yankees' 2-1 win over Detroit. "All of a sudden I started getting really dizzy and nauseous and the room started spinning, so I went into the trainer's room and said something's not right."
That visit came around six o'clock, at which point manager Joe Girardi removed Teixeira from the lineup. The first baseman later received two bags of intravenous fluids after the team medical staff surmised dehydration could have been an issue, but as for a cause of that even, Teixeira was unsure.
"It could've been a little bug, or food poisoning, or any number of things, but I hope it's just a weird one-day thing," he said. "I've never felt anything like that before, and hopefully it's the last time."
Girardi joked that "we did get (back from Boston) at 4:30 in the morning, so that may have had something to do with it," but both he and Teixeira hope the issue is behind them come Tuesday.
"He saw the doctor and basically just rested, and we'll see how he feels tomorrow," Girardi said. "He did feel better later in the game, and I think he'll be a player for us tomorrow, but we'll have to see how he feels."
Added Teixeira: "I didn't really feel better until about a half-hour ago…it's been a fun day, but we're hoping it's just a one-day thing."
With Teixeira scratched, Chase Headley moved from third base to first base, making his first career start there; after the game, he too hoped that Teixeira was ready Tuesday, and even found enough levity in the situation to make some self-deprecating humor.
"It had been a long time since I had been over there (at first) so I felt a little shaky early on, but as the game went on I felt more comfortable," Headley said. "We made it through, but hopefully we get Tex back soon, because I think he does a better job over there."