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Mark Teixeira headed for MRI after straining right hamstring

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Mark Teixeira (right) with Yankees manager Joe Girardi and athletic trainer Steve Donohue. (Getty)

The New York Yankees still don't have a home run through four games, and they may be missing a big part of their offense moving forward after first baseman Mark Teixeira exited Friday night's game with a strained right hamstring.

Teixeira suffered the injury on a seemingly innocent play as he chased a foul ball during the second inning of their 7-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. When he planted his right leg on his final step, it appeared as though a jolt of pain shot through his body. Teixeira remained in the game initially, but was forced to leave a few pitches later when he was unable to make an accurate throw on a would be double play. The throw sailed into left field, opening the door for Toronto to plate a pair of runs off Masahiro Tanaka.

A clearly frustrated Teixeira left the field and went directly into the clubhouse. Soon after the Yankees announced the hamstring strain diagnosis. An MRI was later scheduled for Monday in New York.

An ominous sign. Especially considering his history with hamstring ailments.

After missing all but 15 games last season following right wrist surgery to repair a torn tendon, the last thing Teixeira or the Yankees needed was another injury that could leave him shelved for a significant period of time.

As it stands right now, a 15-day stint on the disabled list would probably be a best case scenario, but it already feels like he's prepared for something beyond that time frame. The MRI will tell a lot, but Teixeira's mindset on the field and after the game says plenty as well.

Cross your fingers, Yankees fans.

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