Teixeira to miss 3-4 days with strained lat

Just when the Yankees have gotten on a roll, Mark Teixeira has had to come out of the lineup. Tex has been bothered on and off the past two weeks by back spasms. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam revealed a mild strain of the left lat. The first baseman does not have to do on the 15-day disabled list, but he is not likely to play in the four-game series against the Rangers that began Monday night.

Teixeira said before the game that he thought the condition would improve with the four-day layoff of the All-Star break. Instead, it got worse.

“The same thing happened last year when I came back after missing so much time the previous year,” Teixeira said. “You think you’re going to find a fountain of youth, but the time away made me rusty.”

Teixeira certainly looked rusty during the Yankees’ sweep of the Reds by going hitless with one walk and five strikeouts in 12 at-bats. He was to receive a plasma injection from Dr. Chris Ahmad, the Yankees team physician, before the game. The Yankees are hopeful Teixeira may return in three or four days.

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