BALTIMORE — The Yankees fear 1B Mark Teixeira aggravated a leg injury in an ill-fated sprint to first base Saturday, and the severity of his left calf strain will determine if he returns this season.
Teixeira returned Saturday night from a 10-day absence, then hurt himself on the final play of a 5-4 loss to Baltimore.
Asked Sunday if he envisioned Teixeira playing soon, manager Joe Girardi replied: "No, I don't think he'll be a player for us. I'd be surprised, but we'll just have to wait and see."
Teixeira was expected to have an MRI exam today. If his calf is in the same condition as two weeks ago, then his return would be in question.
"That would be worst-case scenario," he said. "I will have to make sure it is a little more healed than when I came back this time."
Teixeira said he rushed back. "I've got to be a little smarter with it. I just wasn't ready," he said. "I thought I could play on it at 80 percent, and I couldn't do it. So when I come back next time, whatever it's going to be, I am going to make sure it's better than 80. It's not going to be 100 percent, we know that."
The Yankees had runners at the corners with one out in the ninth Saturday when Teixeira hit a grounder to second. After the force, he dived into first in an effort to beat the relay.
"I think that's when he really felt it," Girardi said. "He busted his rear end to get down there. It's unfortunate."
Especially because replays showed Teixeira beat the throw.
"All game it didn't feel right, but when I had to bust it down the line on that last play, it wasn't going to let me go," Teixeira said.
A HAND FOR CHIPPER: Retiring Braves star Chipper Jones got one last turn at bat in New York against a Mets team he has tormented for many of 19 seasons.
Jones, 40, who is retiring after the season, walked as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and left for a pinch-runner. As he walked to the dugout, Mets fans stood in tribute as they got their last glimpse of a most worthy adversary.
"Can't say enough about the fans in New York this year. They've been awfully supportive both in person, out on the field, on Twitter," Jones said. "I'm very appreciative to them for that."
DODGERS SCRATCH ACE: Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw has an inflamed right hip joint and was scratched from his start against the Giants. He wasn't thrilled about it; he said he thought he could go. Manager Don Mattingly made the call, with help from the trainers. "I felt good enough to pitch," Kershaw said. "It wasn't my decision."
BREWERS: 1B Corey Hart left the game at St. Louis in the top of the fifth inning with an apparent leg injury.
CARDINALS: RHP Jake Westbrook will miss his next start because of a strained right oblique muscle.
WHITE SOX: DH Adam Dunn was out of the lineup for a second straight game with a strained right oblique muscle. He could miss another five days, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. … SS Alexei Ramirez was a late scratch against the Royals after he arrived late to U.S. Cellular Field.