The Yankees have been dealt another injury blow, albeit smaller than most that they’ve dealt with this season. Mark Teixeira, who made his season debut on May 31st, will have to sit out for a few more days. Teixeira exited the Yankees’ game tonight against the Angels in the 4th inning. The Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi described Teixeira as lacking a “snap” in his swing, and will take a few days’ rest to recuperate.
It has seemed that Teixeira hasn’t quite been himself this season. Through 56 at bats spanning 14 games, Teixeira is hitting a measly .151/.270/.353 with 3 homers and 12 RBI. The 33 year old slugger has steadily been declining since he hit 39 bombs and drove in 122 runs for the Yankees in 2009 to go along with a solid .292/.383/.565 slashline. Since then, he hasn’t bested a .256 average, although he did club 39 homers in 2011, but he only accompanied that with a subpar average of .248.
Up until last year, injuries had not been a huge concern for Teixeira. From 2003 to 2011, he only had one season where he played in less than 145 games. However, in 2013, he only played in 123 games, and will end 2013 with a lower total than that. It’s clear that, while Teixeira’s bat isn’t what it once was, his glove and occasional pop are still valuable assets to the New York Yankees. They will be very eager to have him back.