Mark Teixeira Injury: Update on Yankees Star's Calf Injury

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2012

Mark Teixeira is one of the New York Yankees' main power sources on offense, but the first baseman's status appears to be uncertain after leaving Monday night's game against Toronto.

 

UPDATE: Sunday, September 30, 12:10 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

With the playoffs approaching fast, the New York Yankees received great news as All-Star first baseman Mark Teixeira is scheduled to make his return to the lineup October 1.

Yankees beat writer for the NY Daily News, Mark Feinsand, is reporting on the return date for the slugger:

Yankees injury updates: Mark Teixeira expected back in the lineup tomorrow. Jayson Nix out 10-14 days with Grade 1 left hip flexor strain.

— Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers) September 30, 2012

The Yankees are still in a good position, but the return of a power hitter like Teixeira add another dimension to the lineup. With the consistency that the switch-hitter can bring to the lineup, New York will be dangerous this postseason.

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UPDATE: Thursday, September 27 at 6:23 p.m. ET

According to Meredith Marakovits of YES, Mark Teixeira played in a simulated game on Thursday in Tampa. He had seven at-bats and played an inning in the field. He will play in another simulated game on Friday or Saturday.

Marakovits tweeted:

Mark Teixeira played in a simulated game in Tampa. 7ABs and played an inning in the field. Will play in another sim game tom or sat #Yankees

— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) September 27, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, September 10 at 4:47 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

In what has to be viewed as positive news, the Yankees passed along this timetable for their slugger's return:

Teixeira is expected to be unavailable to play for 10-14 days.

— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) September 10, 2012

Danny Knobler of CBS Sports passed along a more detailed account of the injury:

Yankees say Teixeira MRI shows only irritation of Grade 1 left calf strain.

— DKnobler (@DKnobler) September 10, 2012

There was a concern that this injury would be severe enough to sideline Teixeira for the year. Given the above timetable, Teixeira should have no problem making it back on the field this season. 

Now he just has to hope his teammates play well enough for the games to still matter when he does return. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, September 9 at 1:04 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

The news about Mark Teixeira and his injured calf is not good. The Yankees tweeted this news on Sunday:

UPDATE: Joe Girardi says @teixeiramark25 will get MRI on injured left calf, is likely to miss this week's series vs Red Sox.

— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 9, 2012

The reality is this may mean he is going to miss much more than the Red Sox series. He may be done for the year. Sports Radio 66 WFAN's Sweeny Murti explains: 

Teixeira going for MRI Monday. Girardi acknowledged that if calf injury is back to square one it might mean Tex out rest of season.

— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) September 9, 2012

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UPDATE: Tuesday, August 28 at 4:35 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Manager Joe Girardi offered a one- to two-week timetable for Teixeira, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:

Girardi said Teixeira will be out "Seven, eight or 15 days."

— Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers) August 28, 2012

That concurs with what was expected. Yankees fans surely will be hoping for the seven- or eight-day prognosis.

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UPDATE: Monday, August 27 at 11:33 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

The New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand passes along the latest on Teixeira's injury:

Teixeira guesstimating 1-2 weeks with Grade 1 calf strain. Jeter missed about three weeks with the same injury last summer.

— Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers) August 28, 2012

The timetable for strains can greatly vary. So it was wise to throw in the "guesstimating" term in there. Hopefully for Yankee fans, that guesstimate  becomes a reality.  

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UPDATE: Monday, August 27 at 11:21 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Mark Teixeira will be out for at least five games, aaccording to YES' Jack Curry:

Girardi said Teixeira is unlikely to play in at least the next 5 games.

— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) August 28, 2012

While the open-ended qualifier of "at least" could be a bit alarming, it should be taken as a good sign that the baseline was five games. Anything that short-term will be easy enough for the Yankees to withstand.

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YES broadcaster Michael Kay had this to say following Teixeira's injury in the fourth inning:

Tex left game with a left calf strain. Will undergo MRI tonight.

— Michael Kay (@RealMichaelKay) August 28, 2012

Any sort of long-term injury will damage the Yankees' potent lineup. Jayson Nix is a veteran replacement, but he doesn't come close to Teixeira's powerful production.

He's hit 23 home runs and accumulated 81 RBI this season. He's hitting .256 and has 26 doubles, which is already equal to his total from last season.

The injury occurred in the fourth frame when Teixeira seemed to have some pain in his left leg. He stepped out of the box and eventually drew a walk but was obviously not OK. Nix entered the game after Teixeira was lifted.

Outside of Nix, the Yankees have two options. Neither are of Teixeira's caliber, but the Yankees lineup is strong enough to withstand his absence for a short period of time.

Eric Chavez is an obvious choice, as he's enjoying a surprising season at the plate. He has hit 13 home runs and is batting .287 in 223 at-bats this season.

New York could also give Nick Swisher a look. He may be the team's primary right fielder, but he has experience at first base. Moving him to the infield would avoid any shuffling in the Yankees lineup and could land Andruw Jones a more consistent spot in the order.

More information will come out concerning the Bronx Bomber's star first baseman as the next few days pass. Make sure to check back for all the latest updates.