When Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira left Saturday’s 7-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, fans held their breath that his injury wasn’t going to be a long-term issue.
After the team’s home-opening win on Monday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced that Teixeira’s MRI revealed a Grade-1 strain, the least serious type.
This is likely the best news that Teixeira could have hoped for as this gives him the best chance to come back when his 15-day DL stint is over or soon after. He should also be glad that he didn’t injure his wrist as that would definitely keep him out for an extended period of time due to last year’s injuries.
Before learning of the results of his MRI, many began to speculate that the team would look outside the organization to replace Teixeira. Some wondered whether Ike Davis was a viable trade option, as he seems to have worn out his welcome with the New York Mets and will be dealt in the near future.
Another player who Yankees fans wondered about was free agent Kendrys Morales, who is a switch-hitter with power and could have served as a decent fill-in.
It is no guarantee that this is a short-term issue for Teixeira, but the MRI didn’t reveal bad news.