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Yankees fear Teixeira could be lost for a while

Associated Press Modified: September 9, 2012 at 6:03 pm •  Published: September 9, 2012

BALTIMORE (AP) — The New York Yankees fear first baseman Mark Teixeira aggravated a leg injury in an ill-fated sprint to first base, and the severity of his strained left calf will determine if he returns to play this season.

Teixeira returned Saturday night from a 10-day absence, then hurt himself on the final play of New York's 5-4 loss to Baltimore.

Asked Sunday if he envisioned Teixeira playing anytime soon, Yankees manager Joe Girardi replied: "No, I don't think he'll be a player for us. I'd be surprised, but we'll just have to wait and see."

Teixeira is expected to have an MRI on Monday. If his calf is in the same condition as two weeks ago, then his return this season will be in question.

"That would be worst case scenario," the first baseman said. "I will have to make sure it is a little more healed than when I came back this time."

Teixeira acknowledged that he rushed back too soon.

"I've got to be a little smarter with it. I just wasn't ready," he said. "I thought I could play on it at 80 percent and I couldn't do it. So when I come back next time, whatever it's going to be, I am going to make sure it's better than 80. It's not going to be 100 percent, we know that."

Teixeira is apprehensive about what the exam on Monday.

"We will see what the MRI shows," he said. "Make sure there was no other injury or anything. It definitely worries you some."

The Yankees had runners at the corners with one out in the ninth Saturday night when Teixeira hit a grounder to second. After the force at second, he made a headfirst dive into first base in an effort to beat the relay.

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