The hits just keep on comin’ for the walking wounded. As George King reported today, Yanks’ first baseman Mark Teixeira has been playing with a broken toe since a Vin Mazzaro slider hit him on the right foot on August 31. “Every step I take it stings,’’ Teixeira, channeling Sting, said. “It’s worse on defense because I have to move side to side and shuffle.’’
Since the injury, Teixeira is just 9 for 43 (.209) with no home runs and five RBIs. At this point, the toe won’t fully heal until the off-season. The Yanks and Teixeira will have to simply manage the pain to ensure that the slugger can generate power as he bats. Teixeira joins Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner as regular Yankees dealing with late-season aches and pains, and the team will be leaning ever more heavily on A-Rod, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and the pitching staff for the next few weeks.