The Yankees lost Saturday’s game against the Orioles on a botched call at first base. As it turns out, they lost their first baseman on the play, as well.
Mark Teixeira aggravated his left calf strain while trying to beat out what turned out to be the game-ending double play. It was Teixeira’s first game back after missing 10 contests following the initial injury. The Yankees aren’t sure how long he’ll be out this time, but it will be at least until this weekend. Manager Joe Girardi even conceded the possibility that Tex wouldn’t return at all this year. They’ll know more after he undergoes an MRI Monday.
"He's sore," Girardi said in the Newark Star-Ledger. "He doesn't feel like it's back to Square One, but it's sore. I think he really felt it on that last play, but he was trying to beat that ball out. It's unfortunate. Yeah, there's a part of me that is (concerned). We're looking at two and a half weeks left in the season, and if it does go back to Square One, I'll really wonder."
When Teixeira went on the DL the first time, the Yankees primarily used Nick Swisher at first base, giving Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones time in the outfield, Alex Rodriguez time in the DH slot and Eric Chavez time at third base. They also have Steven Pearce and Casey McGehee available to play first.
Papi Likely to be Shut Down
David Ortiz will have the boot on his injured right Achilles removed Tuesday. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he’s still likely taken his last at-bat this season, and possibly his last at-bat for the Red Sox.
Ortiz tried to return from his Achilles malady late last month, but it didn’t work, as he played in just one game before being placed back on the disabled list. He doesn’t sound anxious to push things again with the Red Sox out of the playoff picture.
"We’ll see. We’ll see what the doctors say and how I’m feeling,” Ortiz said in the Boston Globe. “Right now, I’m just focused on doing the right thing. The doctors are looking forward to make sure that I don’t have to worry about this anymore. I think that’s the goal right now and we don’t see the point of coming back and not being ready yet.”
If Ortiz’s season is indeed over, it will have ended with him participating in just 90 games. He was incredibly productive when on the field, though, batting .318/.415/.611 with 23 home runs and 60 RBI over 383 plate appearances.
The loveable slugger will turn 37 in November, and he’ll be a free agent this winter. It remains to be seen whether the Red Sox will ask him back next season, or if Ortiz even wants to come back. He wasn’t exactly thrilled about having to accept a one-year deal last offseason, telling USA Today back in July that it was "humiliating" and "embarrassing."
Big Papi’s career looked to be on the downslide a couple years ago, but he’s shown emphatically that he can still swing the lumber. If the Red Sox choose not to bring him back or if Ortiz decides to move on, there should be no shortage of suitors, despite his advancing age.
National League Quick Hits: Clayton Kershaw was scratched from Sunday’s start due to a right hip injury. He received a cortisone injection Saturday and is expected to rejoin the rotation on Tuesday ... Jake Westbrook will miss at least one turn in the rotation due to a strained right oblique. The Cardinals haven’t announced a replacement for Thursday’s game against the Dodgers, but Lance Lynn, Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal are all options, and there’s an outside chance they could go with Chris Carpenter ... The Brewers had a pair of players leave Sunday’s game with injuries, as Ryan Braun aggravated a right wrist injury and Corey Hart suffered a left ankle injury. Hart’s appears to be the more serious ailment of the two, though it’s possible both are just day-to-day situations ... Brian McCann homered Sunday for the second straight game. McCann had been hitless in his last 17 at-bats before going 5-for-9 with two dingers and six RBI over the weekend against the Mets ... Matt Dominguez on Sunday hit his second three-run homer in the series against the Reds. He’s batting .350 with three homers and 13 games for the Astros ... Ricky Nolasco hurled the second shutout in his last three starts in Sunday’s win over the Nationals. After putting up eight straight non-quality starts in the second half, he’s allowed one earned run over his last three outings ... The Phillies will call up Darin Ruf on Monday. The 26-year-old belted 38 homers at Double-A this season and should see a couple starts per week at first base and in the outfield.
American League Quick Hits: Adam Dunn (oblique) is considered unlikely to return to the White Sox’ lineup before this weekend. He hadn’t played since aggravating his oblique injury last Wednesday ... Nick Markakis will undergo surgery Tuesday on his broken left thumb. He’s hoping to be back at some point during the postseason if the Orioles qualify ... Denard Span is expected to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday. He’s missed a month of action with a sore shoulder and collarbone ... Roy Oswalt exited his spot start Sunday with flexor muscle soreness in his right elbow. It’s not yet known how long he’ll be sidelined ... Mike Napoli (quad) will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday. He’s expected to play three games before rejoining the Rangers ... B.J. Upton slugged three homers in Sunday’s win over the Rangers. He now has five longballs already in September after putting seven over the boards in August. James Shields dominated on the pitching side of things in the same game, as he spun his second shutout of the season. He’s been on a roll of late, posting a 1.90 ERA over his last eight starts ... Curtis Granderson didn’t start Sunday but wound up making a huge impact, going 3-for-3 with a homer and five RBI. Granderson entered the game batting just .125/.157/.271 over his last 15 contests.