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Yankees get scare as Teixeira hit on knee

Posted on: June 7, 2011 7:43 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2011 11:21 pm
 
NEW YORK -- The Yankees feared that they had lost Mark Teixeira for weeks, if not months.

By late Tuesday night, Teixeira was talking about trying to play Wednesday against the Red Sox.

His right knee, hit in the first inning Tuesday by a 90 mph Jon Lester cutter, wasn't broken, as he and others had initially feared. His knee wasn't even wrapped as he stood in the middle of the Yankee clubhouse after a 6-4 loss to the Red Sox that could have been so much worse.

"There's certain guys you can't go without," Alex Rodriguez said. "There's some guys that are irreplaceable."

He was talking about Teixeira, second in the majors with 18 homers (including six in the last 10 games before Tuesday).

The Yankees had reason to fear. The pitch hit Teixeira squarely on his back knee. Worse yet, Teixeira went directly to the ground, screaming out in pain.

"My concern was that he had fractured his kneecap," manager Joe Girardi admitted. Teix has been hit a lot, and I've never seen him show that much pain before. He was in a lot of pain, and that was scary."

Teixeira said he feared the same thing, but that he was lucky that the ball hit between the kneecap and the side of the knee.

"It actually hit me in a lucky place," he said.

And yes, he was talking about playing Wednesday.

"If I'm all right to go, I'm going to go," he said.

Just another crazy night with the Yankees and Red Sox, a night that also included Sox reliever Bobby Jenks leaving with a stiff back, and with Girardi admitting that he wasn't happy that David Ortiz flipped his bat after a fifth-inning home run.

"I didn't really care for it," Girardi said.
Category: MLB
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Yankees get scare as Teixeira hit on knee

Maybe. But the Sox team last year wasn't loaded with talent like this year's team.  Sox kept afloat in the second half last year, almost winning 90 games, despite frequently starting the likes of Darnell McDonald, Eric Patterson, Daniel Nava and Bill Hall due to Youkilis, Pedroia, VMart, Ellsbury, Lowrie and Beckett spending significant time on the DL. The Sox have far more weapons this year.  The Yanks are aging a little, while the Sox have a good young nucleus of AGonzalez, Pedroia, Lowrie, Youkilis, Crawford and Ellsbury and the age-less wonder and perennial Yankee-killer, Big Papi.  Sox also have the edge in starting pitching.  The Sox and Yanks have seemingly reversed roles, whereas the Sox used to sign retreads to low risk/high reward contracts to fill their roster in hopes that they would pan out, now the Yanks are the ones with retreads like Andruw Jones, Eric Chavez, Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia on their payroll. 


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