NEW YORK -- It's like déjà Vu all over again: Mark Teixeira fouling a ball off his leg, making a trip to the hospital and having to sit out a game or two while the New York Yankees are desperately trying to keep themselves in some semblance of contention.
It happened last August, and it happened again Friday night. Last season's injury turned out to be quite serious; after several X-rays and MRIs showed false negatives, Teixeira eventually was found to have suffered a broken leg that ended what had been an MVP-caliber season for him.
This time, it seems as if Teixeira's left foot is only bruised. He had a CT-scan on Friday, which came back clean, and said in the Yankees' clubhouse before Monday night's series opener against the Baltimore Orioles that he is in far less pain this year than he was last year.
But manager Joe Girardi said not only would Teixeira not play Monday, but he was unlikely to play Tuesday, either. In fact, the manager could not guarantee that his 36-year-old first baseman would get into any of the four games against the AL East-leading Orioles.
"He’s a little better, but he’s still pretty sore," Girardi said. "It’s really day by day, and it’s hard to tell."
Teixeira's absence gives the Yankees a chance to see Rob Refsnyder's bat in their lineup again. Girardi said he would use Refsnyder, who is batting .267 with zero home runs, 10 RBIs and a .689 OPS, at first base as long as Teixeira -- who is hitting .186 with 7 home runs, 20 RBIs and a .568 OPS -- is out. There is no thought right now of using Alex Rodriguez, who took some fielding drills at first base on Friday but is still nowhere near ready to play first base in a game.
"Right now, I'm going with Ref," Girardi said. "[Alex] has just had the one day of work there, so I’m not ready to commit to that yet."