Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Updated: October 20, 11:42 AM ET
Mark Teixeira's season over
By Andrew Marchand
NEW YORK -- If the Yankees are going to come back from a 3-1 deficit to the Texas Rangers in the ALCS and go on to repeat as World Series champions, they are going to have to do it without first baseman Mark Teixeira.
Teixeira severely strained his right hamstring during the fifth inning of the Yankees' Game 4 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday night. Teixeira said an MRI revealed that he will need six to eight weeks to recover.
"It is not going to happen this year," a self-described disappointed and angry Teixeira said in the Yankees' clubhouse early Wednesday morning.
In the fifth, Teixeira was sprinting down to first base on a fielder's choice. As he approached the bag, he grabbed the back of his leg and pulled up before sliding awkwardly into the base. He was helped off the field by manager Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue.
"I knew it wasn't good," said Teixeira, who added he has never had a hamstring injury before.
Girardi said the Yankees plan to put infielder Eduardo Nunez on the roster in place of Teixeira for Game 5. When they do that, Teixeira, by rule, will be officially ineligible to appear in the World Series, if the Yankees were to come back.
"It's tough, but at the same time you can't sit around and feel sorry for yourselves," shortstop Derek Jeter said. "We have some other guys that are going to have to step in and do the job."
Teixeira remained hitless (0-for-14) in the ALCS. It is the worst oh-fer in Yankees postseason history, surpassing Joe Collins' 0-for-12 in the 1952 World Series, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Teixeira has struggled since September with a broken pinky toe on his foot and a sore wrist.
"I think my body just said, 'That's it. That's enough,' " Teixeira said.
The Yankees moved right fielder Nick Swisher in to play first base. Marcus Thames, who pinch-ran for Teixeira, stayed in the game in right field.
Swisher or Lance Berkman is likely to play first base in Game 5.
It was Teixeira's second straight subpar postseason. Last year, he hit .180 (11-for-61) but hit a game-winning homer against Minnesota in the division series.
Still, the three-time Gold Glove winner had provided stellar defense. He started a difficult 3-6-1 double play in the fifth inning Tuesday, ranging far to his right while avoiding a shard from Mitch Moreland's broken bat to field the ball.
And despite his struggles at the plate, he's always a threat. Teixeira slumped early this season but ended up hitting 33 homers and driving in 108 runs.
And the Yankees, who came into the game hitting .194 in the ALCS, can use all the help they can get. They repeatedly failed to come up with the big hit Tuesday.
Alex Rodriguez was 0-for-2, ending a threat in the fifth inning by grounding into a double play. He is hitting .133 for the series.
New York loaded the bases with one out on three walks in the eighth, but Swisher hit a popup to center field, and Berkman hit into a fielder's choice.
Andrew Marchand covers baseball for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.