|Injuries impacting baseball playoff races|
|Posted 9/10/2012 1:32 AM ET|
At least the New York Yankees first baseman was on the field, something increasingly difficult as September playoff races become battles of attrition.
•Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis was lost for at least the rest of the regular season and probably any postseason action when his thumb was broken in the same game by a pitch from CC Sabathia.
•Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his Sunday start, with his team's top offensive player, center fielder Matt Kemp (sore shoulder) and closer Kenley Jansen (irregular heartbeat) already out. Kershaw got a cortisone injection for a sore hip, and the Dodgers hope he'll be ready to pitch Tuesday. Losing Kershaw would further tax a rotation that will be without Chad Billingsley (sore elbow) for the rest of the season.
•Two American League Cy Young Award candidates — Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels and David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays — were scratched from starts this weekend.
•The Oakland Athletics remain the AL wild-card leader, winning three in a row after losing Brandon McCarthy when a line drive off the pitcher's head led to surgery to ease pressure on his brain.
•And the long injury list doesn't account for the Washington Nationals' loss of pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who was shut down for the season after Friday's start.
But the short- and long-term shutdowns figure to be felt most in the AL East, where the Rays — who survived All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria's 85-game absence — lurk two games behind the Yankees, one behind the Orioles.
"You don't wish injuries on anybody, but obviously those guys are key players for their teams," Tampa Bay outfielder Matt Joyce said of Markakis and Teixeira. "It hurts you, but they're going to keep playing. That's what good teams do."
That's what Teixeira was trying to do. He was playing in his first game in 10 days and hoping to extend it one more out. Instead, he faces an MRI today that might determine his status for the rest of the season.
"I just didn't think I could get there running," Teixeira said.
"That's when he really felt it," said manager Joe Girardi, who was as upset about the out call by umpire Jerry Meals as he was about the possibility of a setback for Teixeira.
"It's not a bang-bang play. Jerry missed it "
Girardi began to run onto the field to argue, but the umps were leaving and the Orioles were celebrating.
"Sometimes you wonder if the umpires are just trying to get out of there," said Teixeira, who also was upset by an earlier third-strike call. "They don't want you to make a comeback. They want to go home, because those are terrible calls. I'm out there playing on one leg, and I wish it would have gone my way."
The Orioles, meanwhile, lost their established leadoff hitter from a lineup that's often in flux.
"It sucks," said Markakis, whose possible return in six weeks would coincide with the beginning of the World Series. "But this team is going to move on."
Contributing: Jorge L. Ortiz in St.Petersburg, Fla.; Chad Jennings, The (Westchester County, N.Y.) Journal News
|Posted 9/10/2012 1:32 AM ET|