Mark Teixeira probably has played his last game this postseason for the New York Yankees after injuring his hamstring during a Game 4 loss that left the defending World Series champions on the brink of elimination.
Teixeira, who had a team-leading 33 home runs this season, was injured while running to first base during the fifth inning of the Yankees’ 10-3 loss to the Texas Rangers last night. The Rangers lead 3-1 in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series.
Teixeira grabbed the back of his right thigh as he ran up the baseline and had to be helped off the field by the Yankees’ training staff. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he’s not optimistic about Teixeira returning.
“He felt something pop in his hamstring,” Girardi said during a news conference. “Barring some miracle, he won’t be with us. It doesn’t look good.”
Girardi said the Yankees probably will replace Teixeira on the roster with shortstop Eduardo Nunez before Game 5 today in New York. If Teixeira is replaced, he’d be ineligible to return should the Yankees advance to the World Series.
“I don’t think you need to make the move until game time,” Girardi said. “But as I said, it really doesn’t look very good.”
Nick Swisher took over at first base after Teixeira’s injury, which proved to be a turning point. The Yankees had a 3-2 lead and runners on first and second base when Teixeira hit a ground ball to third base for the first out of the inning.
The sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium grew quiet as Teixeira stumbled to the ground just before reaching first base and was unable to stand up.
The Yankees failed to score in the fifth and lost the lead the next inning on a three-run home run by Bengie Molina. Texas added five more runs over the final three innings to move within one win of their first trip to the World Series.
“I believe in this team,” Girardi said. “We have bounced back many times in this year. It’s a very resilient, professional group in there and they will be ready to play.”
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