Mark Teixeira goes on disabled list with hamstring injury
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TORONTO -- Mark Teixeira wanted to do some major damage.
The Yankees first baseman had just left Friday night's game against the Blue Jays with a right hamstring injury, one he intuitively knew would land him on the disabled list, which it officially did Saturday morning.
After a 2013 season in which he played in only 15 games because of a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, landing on the DL four games into 2014 was almost unbearable.
Which is why Teixeira wanted to do some major damage.
"I wanted to break everything in this clubhouse last night when I came in here, but I respect the Blue Jays organization more than that," Teixeira said with a weary smile before Saturday afternoon's 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays. "It was really frustrating. I felt like I did everything this offseason and this spring to get my body in position to play all season. [But] sometimes things happen. It's part of sports."
Teixeira, who turns 34 on Friday, will remain with the team through the weekend before returning Sunday night to New York, where he will undergo tests Monday.
But he has an idea what to expect.
"There's definitely some sort of strain in there," said Teixeira, 3-for-12 with two RBIs through four games.
The injury occurred during the second inning of Friday night's 7-3 victory over the Blue Jays. Teixeira pursued a foul ball hit by Melky Cabrera and as he stopped, felt something grab.
The good news, Teixeira said, was that the injury didn't feel like the one he suffered in Game 4 of the 2010 ALCS against the Rangers when he blew out his right hamstring while running to first.
"That was a blowout. I was literally on crutches the next four days," said Teixeira, who seemed to be walking OK but gingerly Saturday morning in the clubhouse. "I was 100 percent within four, five weeks. I'm hoping this is half that time. I'm hoping it's 15 days, so I'm trying to be optimistic about it."
Teixeira said he's being optimistic in another way.
"I'm going to use the next two weeks to get my wrist strong," he said. "I try to take the silver lining in anything and everything. I'm going to really get that wrist strong the next two weeks, get my body ready for the rest of the season."
While Teixeira is on the shelf, Kelly Johnson will take over as the everyday first baseman. Joe Girardi said his options other than Johnson, who had two career starts at first base before Saturday, were rookie utilityman Yangervis Solarte and backup shortstop Dean Anna. Francisco Cervelli, who started at catcher Saturday, also will get consideration, Girardi said, adding that as of now, Brian McCann and Alfonso Soriano are not options.
"I haven't heard anything, but I catch ground balls everywhere," Cervelli said. "If he asks me, I play, I don't care."
It would probably take an emergency-type situation for Cervelli to play first base, but one never knows.
"It's not what we want, but we're going to have to deal with it," Girardi said of losing Teixeira. "He's a switch hitter in the middle of our order that really helps our lineup, helps us at first, but we're going to have to figure it out."