In the eighth inning of a game that already turned out of hand against the New York Yankees, Mark Teixeira was hit in the left foot by a pitch Sunday.
His first thought was that he would require a fourth disabled-list stint in the past two years due to his sixth major injury as a Yankee. He previously sustained two wrist injuries and two hamstring injuries, and he missed most of the final month of 2012 with a left calf strain.
That was why he flung his batting helmet in the style of Paul O'Neill when he walked off the field with manager Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donahue.
The good news was that it doesn't sound serious, and a DL stay will not be required.
"I thought it was broken again," Teixeira said after the Yankees' 8-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. "I took it out on my helmet. (I) just breathe a sigh of relief."
Girardi said, "It's not what you want to see. The good thing was that the X-rays were negative, and we'll how feels tomorrow and we'll go from there."
Teixeira was on a good run recently. Before going 0-for-3 Sunday, he was batting a respectable .297 over his previous 10 games (11-for-40) with two home runs and eight RBIs.