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Sept 11 (The Sports Xchange) - Mark Teixeira hobbled into the clubhouse on Thursday and spoke of being optimistic about returning before the regular season ends and hopefully playing if the New York Yankees make a lengthy postseason run. It turned out to be wishful thinking for the 35-year-old first baseman. A week after being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bone bruise in his right shin, Teixeira was ruled out for the rest of the season, including the postseason, after the latest MRI and CT scans discovered a fracture. "Actually not surprised," Teixeira said. "It was really just kind of wishful thinking. It's been really painful. I know the difference between pain and soreness. It's been painful since Day One. We were just kind of trying to figure out why it wasn't healing and today we figured it out." The results of the tests mean Teixeira will be shut down for at least three months and his next appearance against live pitching will be in spring training when he enters the final season of an eight-year, $180 million contract signed after the 2008 season. The news ends what had been a renaissance season for Teixeira, who had been limited by two wrist injuries. Last year, he batted .216 in his first full season back from the injury. This year, he made the All-Star team and finished with a .255 average to go along with 31 home runs and 79 RBIs. - - - Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is expected to be fired by owner Mike Ilitch after the season, according to multiple reports. "I haven't been told anything," Ausmus, who has one year remaining on his three-year deal, told the Detroit News in a text message late Thursday night when asked about the reports. Ausmus, 46, guided the Tigers to their fourth consecutive American League Central title last season and has a 154-148 record with Detroit. The Tigers were again expected to contend coming into 2015, but reside in last place with a 64-76 record -- 19 1/2 games behind first-place Kansas City. - - - Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was handed a two-game suspension and fined an undisclosed amount Friday by Major League Baseball for his actions during Wednesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Votto appealed the suspension and will continue to play until he receives a hearing with the league. Votto was ejected in the eighth inning on Wednesday after a heated argument with home-plate umpire Bill Welke. - - - The St. Louis Cardinals recalled catcher Ed Easley from Triple-A Memphis. Easley, 29, joins the Cardinals for the second time this season. (Editing by Andrew Both)