NEW YORK -- One night after Mark Teixeira took a Jason Heyward rocket off his left heel, the Yankees first baseman was on the bench for the start of the series finale against the Braves on Wednesday.
Teixeira did enter the game as an eighth-inning pinch-hitter for Eric Chavez and ripped a double down the left-field line. He remained in the game for the final inning of New York's 10-5 loss to Atlanta.
"It probably wouldn't have been good for me to play all nine [innings] hobbling around like that, but to play one inning and get one at-bat, I can get through it for the end of the game," Teixeira said.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he had already been thinking of resting Teixeira for the afternoon contest, but Heyward's hard shot off Teixeira's heel had clinched it. Teixeira is expected to be in the lineup for Friday's game against the Mets. He said Heyward might be responsible for the hardest-hit ball he has ever tried to field.
"[The heel] was just really tight and sore, but luckily I didn't have to really put it in second gear for the double," Teixeira said. "It was a standup double, which was easy for me."