After being hit, Teixeira slammed his helmet to the ground while walking back to the dugout as he thought back to a similar situation in 2010, when he was hit by A's right-hander Vin Mazzaro and broke his pinkie toe.
"I've done it before and it's not fun," Teixeira said. "I thought it was broken again, so I took it out on my helmet."
The 34-year-old Teixeira avoided what could have been another addition in a list of frustrating injuries. Surgery on his right wrist limited him to just 15 games last season and has bothered him enough at times this year to keep him out of the lineup. Last weekend in Oakland, he was held out of a game with tightness in his left rib cage.
When Teixeira has been in the lineup, he has been one of the team's most consistent contributors, leading the Yankees in both home runs (12) and RBIs (35). He had a 10-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday.
"Just breathing a sigh of relief right now," Teixeira said.
Jamal Collier and Jake Kring-Schreifels are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.