In the ninth inning of Saturday’s game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira stepped up to the plate with his team down by a run and runners on first and third with one out. Teixeira rattled a ground ball to second base and in the hope of avoiding a double-play and earning a game-tying RBI, dove into first base. Despite clearly being safe, first base umpire Jerry Meals called him out and the Yankees lost the game.
Unfortunately for New York, that wasn’t the only thing lost, as the Yankees will now be without their first baseman for the next 10-14 days after an MRI revealed he that Teixeira irritated his previously injured calf muscle while running and diving into first base. Many in the Yankees organization feared the slugger would miss the remainder of the season with the injury, one that Teixeira himself admitted he rushed back from too soon.
Jerry Meals looked at the MRI and called Tex out for the year. — Bloggie McBlogger (@yagottagotomo) September 10, 2012