In the eighth inning of Wednesday’s very exciting game against the Detroit Tigers, the Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira was right in the center of a gritty play full of hustle and umpire headsets. After scoring a big run in the inning to pad what was 2-1 lead, Brian McCann hit a bullet on a hop that Miguel Cabrera just snagged and tossed to second to get Carlos Beltran on the force. The Tigers’ shortstop threw the ball back to first where no one was covering. The ball sailed to the backstop causing a run to score easily followed by Teixeira lumbering home and sliding to tag the base.
The original call by the home plate umpire was out, but after review, the ruling was overturned, giving the Yankees a 5-1 lead. But Teixeira’s hand slammed against the cleat of the catcher, causing Tex to grimace in pain and later be removed from the game. The thought in all Yankees’ fans minds “Oh great! That’s broken! He’s hurt again!” Yeah, that wouldn’t have been too good, and we were right to fret.
But the Yankees finally received decent news regarding injury. Teixeira’s pinky finger was cut and the medical staff stitched it up before sending him to get X-Rays. The result? X-rays came back negative, and the bone is not broken. Breathe a little easier, because it doesn’t seem like the injury is severe at all. But, Teixeira had stitches on the cut and that could hinder his ability to swing the bat, and he’s already been ruled out for Thursday’s match-up against the Tigers and Joe Girardi said they’ll figure it out from there. For now, this is much better news than expected, as a broken finger would’ve been immediate disabled list time, and that’s the last thing the Yankees need at this point.