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Teixeira out for season with strained hammy

New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira, center, is helped

New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira, center, is helped off the field by a trainer Steve Donohue, left, and manager Joe Girardi after injuring his leg running to first base in the fifth inning of Game 4 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Texas Rangers Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, in New York. Photo Credit: AP

A frustrating season marred by injuries and constant struggles at the plate came to an end Tuesday night for Mark Teixeira.

The Yankees first baseman, who came up lame in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's 10-3 ALCS Game 4 loss to the Texas Rangers, gingerly walked into the clubhouse to disclose the news.

An MRI revealed a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring. Doctors said it will take 6 to 8 weeks to heal.

"The season's only going to be, hopefully, two weeks longer, so it's not good," Teixeira said. "I knew right away it wasn't good. [I'm] disappointed, angry. You play all year and you battle all year to get a chance to help your team out in the World Series, hopefully, and it's just not going to happen for me."

Manager Joe Girardi said the team plans to add rookie infielder Eduardo Nuñez to the roster.

Teixeira said he could feel a "pop" when he tried to run out a fielder's choice grounder to third base. He pulled up before he reached first and grabbed his right leg before awkwardly sliding into the bag.

"It just gave," he said.

Teixeira, who already has played through a broken toe, a sore right thumb, and sore left wrist this season, said this is his first hamstring injury.

"Barring some miracle, you know, he won't be with us tomorrow and playing," Girardi said after the game.

Said captain Derek Jeter: "It's tough. You know, when it happened, honestly I thought he was just sliding into first base. And then you find out that he's hurt. You feel bad for him, but us as a team, we can't feel bad for ourselves. Other guys are going to have to step in."

Teixeira expressed confidence that the Yankees, down 3-1 to the Rangers, can rebound without him.

"We have such a tight-knit group here and we have guys here who love to play the game," he said. "If you want anyone on the mound when your season's on the line, it's CC [Sabathia]. We'll try to win tomorrow night and see what happens after that."

But his optimism couldn't hide his frustration.

Teixeira extended his ALCS hitless streak against the Rangers to 0-for-14 after going 0-for-3 with a strikeout before suffering the injury. Prior to Tuesday's game, the first baseman - who ended the regular season batting .256 - hit just .167 with a .286 on-base percentage in six postseason games.

"The last six weeks have been really tough," he said. "Every ounce of energy I've had is to try to get healthy and try to be able to play. And I think my body just said, 'That's it. That's enough.' "

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