New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left Monday night's game after the top of the seventh inning after injuring his wrist while diving to make a play. The extent of the injury is unknown, but Teixeira will have an MRI on Tuesday.
"It's a big concern," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi when asked about Teixeira's injury. "He's a huge part of our lineup."
Teixeira was able to finish the inning, but did not come back out for the eighth inning. He was replaced at first base by Eric Chavez, who has been splitting time with Jayson Nix at third base while Alex Rodriguez is out with a broken hand.
With the trade deadline quickly approaching, this injury could influence the Yankees to make a deal. New York had been looking to add a corner infielder to help fill in while A-Rod is out, but with Teixeira possibly heading to the sideline as well, they may be feeling even more pressure to acquire a productive veteran by Tuesday's 4 PM trade deadline.
The 32 year-old switch-hitting Teixeira is batting .256 with 20 home runs and a team-high 71 RBI in 98 games this season. With four Gold Glove awards, he is known as one of the best fielding first baseman's in the league as well.
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