Mark Teixeira took a fastball from Jeremy Guthrie off his right elbow during the second inning of Monday’s 11-7 victory over the Orioles. You’d think O’s fans would be content after the release of this “zinger” against Tex prior to last season.
The good news is that Tex should only be sidelined for a couple of days and is not expected to miss the season opener in Beantown.
"It’s just bruised. It should just be a day or two…At the very least I’ll play on Thursday."
Now I don’t think it was intentional because the bases were loaded, but it’s Spring Training and you never know. Plus, two innings later, Guthrie tagged Frankie Cervelli on his left hand. The second beaning got Yankees manager Joe Girardi riled up:
"If you’re having a hard time commanding your fastball inside, I don’t think it’s the time to be working on it. They might disagree, but this is too valuable a time for guys on their side, guys on our side. He was struggling with his command today, and I don’t want to see any of our guys get hurt."
I can’t say that I blame Girardi; if my $20.625 million/year, switch-hitting first baseman got plunked in a meaningless game I would be furious as well. Circle April 27 on your calenders, that is the first day the Yanks face the O’s in the regular season. What’s the old phrase? I think it’s, ‘Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice and Matt Wieters will get an AJ Burnett fastball to the back of his head on April 27.’ Just saying. Payback is a bitch.
On the other hand, I’d go headhunting too if my team habitually finished in fourth place in the division for the last decade-plus. Stay classy B-More.