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Teixeira/Berkman not fans of Stadium track

The kind of tumble Lance Berkman took in foul ground during Game 5 shouldn’t happen again, the man he replaced in the lineup said.

“That warning track around our stadium is very dangerous,” Mark Teixeira said this afternoon in Arlington of the synthetic surface at Yankee Stadium. “It’s hard. It needs to be fixed.”

Berkman, who played his entire career with the Astros before being traded to the Yankees, didn’t disagree, though he wasn’t as blunt as Teixeira.

"It’s slick, it’s hard,” Berkman said. “I don’t have much experience with it, but most warning tracks are not that way.”

Told of Teixeira’s comments, Joe Girardi said it’s something that could be looked into.
“If we feel it’s something we need to address, we’ll address it,” he said.

Regarding his hamstring injury, Teixeira said he won’t be able to run for 6-8 weeks. But he doesn’t anticipate that being a setback for his offseason work.

“I usually take about a month off after the season,” Teixeira said. “So this next month will kind of be a rehab month for me. So instead of just totally taking off, it’ll be strengthening the hamstring and getting it loose and making sure it’s healed. I don’t usually run until probably six to eight weeks into my offseason anyway so that works out.”
 

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