Mark Teixeira relieved his toe wasn't broken after getting plunked
Mark Teixeira felt pain, then anger, then finally was able to "breathe a sigh of relief" after X-rays revealed he did not suffer a broken toe when he was hit in the left foot by a pitch in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 8-0 loss to the Orioles Sunday.
Teixeira angrily slammed his helmet to the ground with both hands after he was removed for a pinch runner. He expected the worst.
"Yeah, because I've done it before," he said. "And it's not fun. When you break your toe, it's not fun at all. I did it in 2010. I thought it was broken again, so I just took it out on my helmet."
Teixeira, who expects to play when the Yankees visit Toronto Monday night, was 0-for-3 before getting struck. The Yankees managed just four hits against Chris Tillman and T.J. McFarland after losing, 6-1, Saturday. It was McFarland who plunked Teixeira.
"Couldn't get anything going today," Teixeira said. "Just one of those days. We've been swinging the bats pretty well the last five or 10 games. Just couldn't do it the last two days."
Derek Jeter said Old-Timers' Day is "a day I look forward to all my years. You get a chance to see a lot of the ex-Yankees. Now it's ex-teammates. It's a fun day for me." The retiring Captain was asked if he could see himself returning for next year's festivities. "No, I can't see it now," he said. "I mean, I'm still playing . . . I can't see it now."
Yangervis Solarte went 0-for-4 and is hitless in his last 28 at-bats . . . Chase Whitley will face former Patchogue-Medford High School star Marcus Stroman in the series opener in Toronto Monday night. The Yankees beat Stroman on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.