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Yankees’ Mark Teixeira out two more games with neck spasms

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has struggled at

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has struggled at the plate recently as his batting average has dropped to .195 for the season. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) AP / Frank Franklin II AP / Ross D. Franklin Credit: AP / Frank Franklin II

Mark Teixeira, who sat out Thursday’s loss to the Blue Jays, will miss at least two more games with neck spasms, manager Joe Girardi said. It’s a recurring problem that had sidelined him for two games earlier this month and, Teixeira said, never fully went away.

“I never got 100 percent, but it was feeling pretty good and it just kind of flared up a little bit on me,” said Teixeira, who clearly was stiff and took care to not turn his neck too much to respond to reporters’ questions. “I just can’t move it and it’s painful. There’s no other way to describe it, really.”

Teixeira, who didn’t play Wednesday night, said an MRI taken that night showed inflammation of the joints. Teixeira received cortisone shots in multiple places in his neck Thursday and said doctors pursued a more aggressive cortisone treatment than they did two weeks ago, when Teixeira sat out games on May 10 and 11.

“I tried to manage it for a while but it just got bad,” he said. “Let’s hope [I’m out for] not too long. It’s going to be a couple days and let the medicine work and let everything get a little bit better.”

Teixeira, who started off the season hot, has struggled at the plate recently and had his average dip to .195 before sitting out Wednesday night’s game. Dustin Ackley played in his place then and backup catcher Austin Romine played first against Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ on Thursday afternoon.

“If you’re out there, you’ve got to perform,” Teixeira said. “Everybody is dealing with something, and no matter what you’re dealing with, you’ve got to perform, and I’ve got to do a better job of it.”

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