Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has been battling a lower lat strain for the past few weeks that will keep him out of the lineup the next few days.
Teixeira got an MRI on Sunday that revealed a Grade 1 strain of the latissimus dorsi muscle on the left side of his back and said he experienced the pain in mid-June.
“Throwing, hitting — anything with any type of rotation, it’s been pretty painful,” Teixeira said. “The spasms, unfortunately, have gone from my neck to my lower back, up and down the whole time. We just kind of put the fires out, and finally when the pain ratcheted up, it was one spot.”
Teixeira has spent time on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury already this season and said that it’s frustrating being a 34-year-old player.
“It’s tough. I thought the year off last year would kind of give me a fountain of youth, and it’s just made me rusty,” Teixeira said. “That’s the way it feels. It’s been something. Every game, it’s something. I’m still happy with the way I’ve played when I’m healthy; I just need to get healthy again.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Monday that Teixeira’s back problems were “not a DL situation at this time.”
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