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Mark Teixeira playing through broken toe

Sep 14, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

Mark Teixeira revealed to the New York Post that he’s been playing with a broken pinkie toe on his right foot, the result of a HBP from Oakland’s Vin Mazzaro on Aug. 31.
“Every step I take it stings,” Teixeira told the paper. “It’s worse on defense because I have to move side to side and shuffle.”
Teixeira has slumped while playing with the injury. He hit .289/.355/.629 with nine homers in August, but through 12 games in September, he’s at .209/.370/.256. He has just two extra-base hits in 43 at-bats, both of them doubles.
“I can’t work out a lot, I am taking less ground balls and less swings in the cage,” he explained.
If Teixeira continues to struggle with the pain, he could start alternating off days with Alex Rodriguez down the stretch.

  1. Buccofan - Sep 14, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Either you can play or you can’t. If you can, shut up and play. If you can’t, shut up and sit. One of the least attractive aspects of the Yankees is their perpetual talk of this and that injury, trying to increase the melodrama of each “heroic” playing-with-pain victory.
    Meanwhile, play Berkman at 1B and let Teixeira be the DH if the pain is so bad on defense. And shut up.

  2. MrVoice - Sep 14, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Take your own advice

  3. Old Gator - Sep 15, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    I have a friend who recently busted her toe and has managed somehow to continue her arduous work of teaching decerebrated undergraduates to read books and write sentences at a major Texas university – well, major because there’s nothing around where she lives and works for five hundred miles in any direction, so maybe it’s just a comparative “major.” Regardless, the semi-literate scribes of The New York Pestilence write volumes about the self-styled courage and self-aggrandizing fortitude of Mark Teixeira – and one must suspect the motives of a ballplayer who goes whining to the Pestilence in the first place, having far more literate options in Gotham. Meanwhile, no one writes about the reticent fortitude of my charming friend in north central Texas, bearing up quietly and determinedly under (or over) her burden. So in the name of my friend, and of all those with broken toes who persevere heroically in the darkness, this offsetting gesture of recognition is for all you.

  4. YANKEES1996 - Sep 15, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    That was beautiful man!

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