New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira estimated Monday he could be out 1-2 weeks, possibly more, with a Grade 1 strain of his left calf. The news came a week after Teixeira returned to the Yankees' lineup after missing three games because of a sore left wrist.
Fortunately, Teixeira's injury came shortly before the Yankees acquired first baseman Steve Pearce from the Houston Astros for cash considerations. New York is expected to replace Teixeira by platooning Pearce, outfielder Nick Swisher, third basemen Eric Chavez and Casey McGehee. Swisher, who has been swinging the bat well lately, will get more of the starts.
"He's been such a backbone to our lineup," Swisher said. "I didn't hear anything on how long he's going to be out for, but for a guy like that to be out of our lineup, man that's a big deal."
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