Mark Teixeira hasn't played in a game since August 26th, and it doesn't appear as if he'll be back anytime soon. He was hoping to be back in game action before the calendar flipped to September, but his leg injury hasn't been cooperative.
Teixeira says in his mind will play this year but still says has pain when he walks #Yankees— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) September 10, 2015
Teixeira: "right now, my leg doesn't really work" #Yankees— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) September 10, 2015
Unfortunately for the Yankees, it seems that they won't be able to count on Teixeira for the immediate future, and potentially the rest of the season. He's remained optimistic that this injury won't cost him the remainder of 2015, but he also expected to be fully cleared by August 28th, rather than be placed on the 15-day DL.
While the Yankees wait to see what Teixeira can and cannot do as the season comes to a close, they'll stick with Greg Bird, who's been a savior thus far in his career. He hasn't replicated the production of his predecessor, but Bird has helped prevent New York from plummeting in the AL East standings.
He's posted a line of .241/.319/.458 with an ISO of .217, a wOBA of .335, and a wRC+ of 112. The Yankees trail the Blue Jays by 1.5 games, and their upcoming games against Toronto will determine how difficult it will be to reach the playoffs. A series win could push them ahead by 0.5 games, while a series loss could push them back to 3.5 games.