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Mark Teixeira diagnosed with Grade 1 hamstring strain

Apr 7, 2014, 9:06 PM EDT

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Mark Teixeira landed on the disabled list over the weekend with a right hamstring strain, but the Yankees waited until today to send him for an MRI. The early word is encouraging.

According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, Teixiera has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain. That’s the least severe strain, so the hope is that he won’t have to miss much time beyond the minimum 15 days. The 33-year-old had a Grade 2 right hamstring strain end his season in 2010, but he said right away that this particular injury isn’t as serious. Today’s diagnosis confirms that much.

With Teixeira down, the Yankees are going with Kelly Johnson as their primary first baseman. Early season hero Yangervis Solarte is filling in at third base.

  1. mianfr - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    By my calculations, we’re about twelve days away from seeing the much anticipated return of Alfonso Soriano to second base.

  2. jaturso - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Yeah.. Tex is hurt.. tell us something we don’t know. More importantly, how can you not have a post about the Yankees misspelling Jacoby Ellsbury’s name on the video board during their home opener?!?

  3. johnnysoda - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Wondering, with the solid performance of Solarte so far, if he’ll be kept up when Teix returns. Would be nice to see him stick around.

    • NYTolstoy - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      First off he was on the 25 man roster in the beginning of the year so yes he will stay since he was playing back up to 3rd, 2nd, and SS. In fact when tex comes back my money is that Solarte might see more playing time at 3rd the Kelly Johnson will. Guys onto a hot start and if he can take a couple of more walks the guy is a valuable player on the team.

    • NYTolstoy - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      So the guy who would most likely be sent down is Romine. No reason to have 3 catchers on the 25 man roster

  4. sambo41 - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    He’s done. He should just retire now

    • jeffbbf - Apr 7, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Nah…then he’d have to stop absorbing that gigantic contract. He’ll continue to suck from the Yankee teat until the bitter end. He’s got about $70 million more to go. I knew it was over when he said his wrist may not ever heal.

    • NYTolstoy - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      You know people have short memories. Last year was the first time he missed significant time due to injury. And even though he won’t have the power like he did when he was in his 20s he still can work the count and hit. Plus the guy is an above average first basement. When healthy the guy is valuable so please get over the he needs to go away blah blah blah

      • cackalackyank - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        I don’t think he needs to go away, but its a real bad contract. If you take 2009 out of it its down right horrible. I’m not sure at what # “significant” comes, but he has missed chunks of time in all but 2 of his MLB seasons. Also, so far he is off to a rough start in the field having made 2 errors in the 2.2 games he played. I personally think this hamstring injury is a sign he didn’t really condition real well once cleared for baseball activity, so hopefully the fielding thing will straighten out….but seeing Teixeira at 33 feels more like other guys at 53.

  5. yankees218 - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    @johnnysoda- Solarte was already on the 25 man roster. Tex doesn’t change that. Romine was brought up when he went on the DL.

  6. Earnest Christian - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:49 PM

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  7. sportsfan18 - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Tex, that’s some serious over compensation of your wrist to hurt your hammy like that…

    Gonna be a long year…

    I can see the June headlines now… Tex was trying to get up off the dugout bench to go bat and due to his wrist injury, he could not use his wrist to push off the bench and he re-tweaked his hammy by using it too much to get himself up off the bench to go bat… Oh no, sadly it was his other hammy… now both of his hammy’s are suspect.

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