He received a cortisone shot after being examined by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad along with Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and will be reevaluated in three days.
Teixeira is ~70 points off his career OPS of .900, and ~40 points off his career first-half OPS. Historically, Teixeira’s slugging average is 50 points higher in the second half, and true to form, over the last four weeks he’s romping with a 1.000 OPS. Losing Teixeira from the lineup is going to cost runs at a time when that 10-game lead of less than two weeks ago doesn’t look so precious. Losing Teixeira in the field? Teixeira has one error in 837 chances this year and leads in several significant advanced defensive metrics, while being third in the majors with 839 innings played. Any length of time with Chavez or Swisher at first is a significant development. Teixeira is having what may be his finest season in the field at first base. From the eyeball test, I can’t count the number of plays I have seen him make this year that cause me to whistle and shake my head, knowing that he just saved a rocket from being a double to the corner, or scooped a short throw from ARod, or held the bag on a wide throw from Jeter. It can be a genuine pleasure to watch his stellar glove work, but past that, he makes the routine completely routine which is the most important job of a first baseman.
Side note: I had a maintained a conception that when Teixeira comes up with a man on first, it’s a Betty Crocker Blue Ribbon recipe for the 463DP. The truth is that he’s not really much different from any other batter batting in any slot in that regard. So much for the eyeball test.