Teixeira out for rest of season with bone fracture
The pain in Mark Teixeira’s right shinbone seemed too severe for a mere bruise, but test after test indicated that was all it was until Friday when a bone fracture was diagnosed, which came as no surprise to the Yankees’ first baseman whose 2015 season came to a painful end.
“I can’t put into words how disappointed I am,” Teixeira said before Friday night’s game, the first in a pivotal four-game series against the first-place Blue Jays, who have a 1 1/2-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East. “I believe this is a team that can win the World Series. It’s disappointing that I can’t be part of it.”
Teixeira went on a gluten- and sugar-free diet over the past off-season in an attempt to reduce inflammation in his body after two injury-plagued seasons. He was in the best shape of his career and determined to be injury-free. Then on Aug. 17, Teixeira hit a foul ball off his right leg. He has had only three at-bats since and now faces a two-month recovery period.
“When I got hurt, it was as painful as any injury I have ever had,” Teixeira said. “I was trying to play every single day.”
Teixeira took batting practice several times, but he could not run and recently could not walk without the aid of crutches.
His is a deep loss to the Yankees. Teixeira was in the AL Most Valauble Player conversation for much of the first half. He is still the team’s home run leader with 31, one more than Alex Rodriguez, and batted .255 with 79 runs batted in.
The Yankees are 12-9 since his injury but have lost 2 1/2 games in the standings to Toronto over that period.