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Mark Teixeira goes on disabled list with hamstring injury
TORONTO - Mark Teixeira wanted to do some major damage.
The first baseman had just left Friday night's game against the Blue Jays with a hamstring injury, one he intuitively knew would land him on the disabled list, which it officially did Saturday morning.
After a 2013 in which he played in just 15 games because of a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, landing on the DL four games into 2014 was almost unbearable.
"I wanted to break everything in this clubhouse last night when I came in here, but I respect the Blue Jays organization more than that," Teixeira said with a weary smile before Saturday afternoon's game against the Blue Jays. "It was really frustrating. I felt like I did everything this offseason and this spring to get my body in position to play all season. [But] sometimes things happen. It's part of sports."
Teixeira, who turns 34 next Friday, will remain with the team through the weekend, returning Sunday night to New York, where he will undergo tests on Monday. He knows what to expect.
"There's definitely some sort of strain in there," Teixeira said.
The injury occurred during the second inning of Friday night's 7-3 victory over the Blue Jays. Teixeira pursued a foul ball hit by Melky Cabrera and as he stopped, he said he felt something grab. The good news, Teixeira said, was the injury didn't feel like the one he suffered in the 2010 ALCS against the Rangers when he blew out his right hamstring running to first.
"That was a blowout, I was literally on crutches the next four days," said Teixeira, who seemed to be walking Ok Saturday morning in the clubhouse. "I was 100 percent within 4-5 weeks. I'm hoping this is half that time. I'm hoping it's 15 days, so I'm trying to be optimistic about it."
Teixeira said he's being optimistic in another way.
"I'm going to use the next two weeks to get my [wrist strong," he said. "I try to take the silver lining in anything and everything, I'm going to really get that wrist strong the next two weeks, get my body ready for the rest of the season."
While Teixeira is on the shelf, Kelly Johnson takes over as the everyday first baseman. Joe Girardi said his options other than Johnson, who had two career starts at first before Saturday, at first were rookie utility man Yangervis Solarte or backup shortstop Dean Anna. Francisco Cervelli, who started at catcher Saturday, also would get consideration, Girardi said, adding as of now Brian McCann and Alfonso Soriano are not options.
"It's not what we want, but we're going to have to deal with it," Girardi said of losing Teixeira. "He's a switch-hitter in the middle of our order that really helps our lineup, helps us at first, but we're going to have to figure it out."