NEW YORK -- The Yankees won't have Mark Teixeira for the next few days, but they're confident that he'll be back in the mix before too long. Teixeira has missed two straight games due to a strained left calf, and manager Joe Girardi doesn't expect him back until next weekend's series in Baltimore.
"He feels better. I can tell you that," said Girardi. "So what has it been? Four days? We'll just take it day by day. That's all we can do. We don't have him doing anything but treatment today."
Teixeira, one of the most durable players in baseball, has played in at least 156 games in four straight seasons. The first baseman missed five games with a lingering wrist ailment earlier in the season, and Girardi thinks a little rest will help heal his calf and get him back in the everyday lineup.
The veteran is second on the team in home runs (23) and first in RBIs (81), and Girardi knows that Teixeira is one of the most important cogs in his lineup. Right now, the plan is to rest Teixeira this series and the next one before returning next week in Baltimore.
"Even if we were on grass, I don't think he'd be ready anyway. But the turf is probably not the best thing for him," said Girardi of Teixeira playing in the Tampa Bay series. "I really believe that if we were going the other way -- if we were going to Baltimore first -- I don't think he'd be available to us."