Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira out with back strain
NEW YORK - (AP) -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is going to be sidelined for at least three to four games because of a strained muscle in his back.
Teixeira says he has been hampered by a left lower lat injury that was causing spasms in his back for about a month. The pain escalated during New York's weekend sweep of the Cincinnati Reds immediately following the All-Star break.
An MRI administered Sunday showed a mild strain of the muscle. Teixeira is set to have a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection Monday and will most likely sit out the entire four-game series against Texas.
Teixeira has already missed time this season because of hamstring, back, knee and wrist problems. But he still leads the Yankees with 17 homers and 48 RBIs in 76 games. He is hitless in his last 13 at-bats.