Friday September 4th, 2015

The New York Yankees have placed first baseman Mark Teixeira on the disabled list with a right shin bone bruise, the team announced Friday. The move will be retroactive to Aug. 27.

Teixeira has not appeared in a game for the Yankees since Aug. 26. He was sidelined for a week with the injury after fouling a ball off his leg during New York's Aug. 17 game against the Minnesota Twins. In two games after returning, he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

General manager Brian Cashman had hoped Teixeira's injury would require days of healing rather than weeks, but told Newsday on Tuesday that tests showed a lack of repair altogether.

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“His bone bruise has not healed at all,” Cashman said. “There is no stress fracture. That was the biggest worry because he hasn't responded to it. But the bone bruise has not healed in any way, shape or form. He has some soft-tissue inflammation and some inflammation around the nerve. So he received some sort of injection to calm that down. But obviously, the bone bruise is the big issue and there's been no healing ... He was on crutches initially and came off because he felt better. But they're putting him back on crutches and we're looking at weeks.”

Rookie Greg Bird has been filling in for Teixeira at first base. Righthanded pitcher Nick Rumbelow was called up from Triple A to take Teixeira's roster spot.

The Yankees have a 74–58 record and trail the Toronto Blue Jays by 1 1/2 games in the AL East. They lead the AL wild card by four games over the Texas Rangers.

- Erin Flynn

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