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Only once in his career has Teixeira played fewer than 145 games in a season. That was in 2007 when he hit 30 homers and drove in 105 runs in 132 games for the Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves.
Since joining the Yankees in 2009, Teixeira had missed a total of 16 games in three seasons entering the 2012 campaign. This year, however, has been a pain for Teixeira, literally. He left Monday’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays with a strained left calf and manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday Teixeira would be out “anywhere from seven to eight to 15 days.”
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The calf injury comes after Teixeira had missed time earlier this season with a troublesome left wrist. He’s played through the problems to hit .255 with 23 home runs and 81 RBI, but his triple-slash line of .255/.335/.478 is significantly below his career marks of .279/.370/.527.
A best-case scenario, then, would be Teixeira coming back and hitting like the Mark Teixeira of 2009, when he hit .292 with 39 homers and 122 RBI in his first season in pinstripes.