Teixeira injures finger, Yankees win challenge
X-rays negative, but first baseman gets stitches, not expected to play in finale
NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira said that he wouldn't have changed anything about his eighth-inning slide into home plate on Wednesday, scoring the Yankees' final run in a 5-1 win over the Tigers. But the gauze covering his left pinky finger showed that it came at a price.
Teixeira needed three stitches to close a wound on the inside of his finger after his pinky got caught on the spikes of Detroit catcher Bryan Holaday. Teixeira was initially ruled out on the play, but a video review overturned the call.
"The X-rays were negative, so that's good," Teixeira said. "There was only a little bit of plate available. I thought we had rules about that, but that's a different story. I slid and just got my hand in there, and his foot was right on top of the plate."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he does not expect Teixeira to play in Thursday's series finale against the Tigers.
"It's unfortunate. It's a great hustle play on his part," Girardi said. "My real concern was that he dislocated it when I first saw it, because of the way they were holding his hand."
Teixeira said that he thinks the cut would affect him more from the right side of the plate, and is hopeful that the injury will not force him to miss much time.
"You play hard, that's what happens," Teixeira said. "I'm just happy about the win. That was a great team win. Hopefully, I won't be out long and I'll see how it feels tomorrow."
The play started as Brian McCann hit a ground ball that was smothered by first baseman Miguel Cabrera, throwing to shortstop Andrew Romine and forcing Carlos Beltran out at second base as Jacoby Ellsbury scored.
Romine threw wildly to first base, where the ball was tracked down by pitcher Blaine Hardy and fed to home plate. Teixeira got his left hand in under Holaday's tag and immediately protested home-plate umpire Tom Woodring's out call.
Teixeira also said that he thought Holaday was illegally blocking home plate.
"Oh yeah, but you're supposed to as a catcher," Teixeira said. "But you just don't know the rules now. Could I have run him over? I don't know. I was safe, that's all that matters."
The Yankees have challenged 22 calls this year; 17 have been overturned, three have been confirmed and two have been ruled to stand.