BALTIMORE — Rob Refsnyder, fresh off two hits in Detroit on Thursday night, was not in Friday night’s starting lineup, but his time in the dugout didn’t last long.
Refsnyder replaced the injured Mark Teixeira and made his major-league debut at first base to begin the bottom of the third inning.
Joe Girardi said after the Yankees’ 6-5 loss that Teixeira’s right knee “locked up” on him and that he was sent for an MRI, the results of which were not immediately known.
Girardi said he didn’t have a feeling one way or the other how severe the injury is. “It’s something he’s dealt with before. For whatever reason, it just started locking up,” he said. “We’ll know more soon.”
The first ball of the third inning Friday night was hit right at Refsnyder, a routine grounder that he converted into an out.
“If that’s what Joe needs, then that’s what I’ll do,” he said of playing first extensively if Teixeira’s injury is serious.
That likely won’t happen; either Chris Parmelee or Nick Swisher probably would be called on from Triple-A if Teixeira is out for an extended period of time. Neither is on the 40-man roster.
McCann banged up
Brian McCann hyperextended his left elbow during an at-bat Wednesday night and sat out a second straight game. Girardi said the injury is not serious and that he doesn’t believe a stint on the disabled list will be necessary.
“He’s day-to-day,” Girardi said. “He’s available to me if I need him, but it was pretty sore yesterday and he’s better today. I don’t think it will be too long.”
McCann said after Friday night’s game that he was able to take batting practice Friday afternoon, but only at about “50 percent.”
“It’s going to be a couple of days,” he said of his return.
Catcher Francisco Peña, the son of Yankees first-base coach Tony Peña, started for the Orioles on Friday night. The 26-year-old, called up Tuesday when Caleb Joseph went on the DL, made his first start Thursday against Boston and hit his first big-league home run.
Utilityman Dustin Ackley had surgery to repair a torn labrum Friday morning at New York-Presbyterian and will miss the remainder of the season.