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Mark Teixeira’s MRI Shows Irritated Calf; Andy Pettitte Close to Returning to New York Yankees’ Rotation

September 11th, 2012 at 10:48 AM
By Karen Vankat

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira's MRI revealed irritation of his grade 1 calf strain. Mark will be out another two weeks and should be ready for the playoffs.

'Mark Teixeira' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Teixeira was examined by team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad at New York-Presbyterian Hospital where the MRI showed no further damage to the calf injury. This was good news for the Yankees who thought Mark could have been done for the year.

The first baseman will be re-evaluated every week to see how he is progressing and will miss a minimum of about half of the 22 games left on the Yankees' schedule. The prognosis is another 10-14 days of rest, remember Derek Jeter had this same injury last season and he was gone for three weeks. Obviously Teixeira came back too soon and should have waited instead of coming back at only to use his words "80 percent."

In the meantime Nick Swisher and Steve Pearce will share the duties at first base. Announced on Monday the Yankees called up outfielder Melky Mesa from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre to add to the roster.

Andy Watch

Andy Pettitte also met with team physicians on Monday and looks like he is almost good to go for a return to the rotation. Wednesday he is scheduled for another simulated game, which may be his last before being activated off the DL.

'Andy Pettitte' photo (c) 2009, Willie Zhang - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

According to pitching coach Larry Rothschild Andy has his command and has looked very good in all the bullpen and simulated game sessions. Hopefully this translates to real games and gives the rotation a shot in the arm they so desperately need.

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Tags: Andy Pettitte, Baseball, Mark Teixeira, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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