NEW YORK -- The Yankees exhaled Tuesday when X-rays on Mark Teixeira's right knee -- which was hit by Red Sox ace Jon Lester's cutter in the first inning -- showed no fracture.
The team diagnosed its star first baseman with a bone bruise and listed him as day to day following its 6-4 loss to Boston. Manager Joe Girardi said he doubted Teixeira would play Wednesday, but did not envision a trip to the disabled list. Teixeira said he would plan on starting but would see how he felt.
"I always hope to play tomorrow. Always," Teixeira said. "You get beat up in this game. We all get beat up. You just get as much treatment as you can, and if I'm all right to go tomorrow, I'm going to go."
Based on Teixeira's initial reaction, the Yankees had reason to fear more than a bruise. After being hit "between the kneecap and the side of the knee," Teixeira went to the ground and grimaced in pain. He was finally helped off the field by Girardi, bench coach Tony Pena and head athletic trainer Gene Monahan. At that point, Teixeira placed almost no weight on his right leg.
"When you get hit like that, it really hurts," Teixeira said. "But after a few minutes, it calmed down a little bit. We have such a great medical staff here, they put compression and ice on it right away. It hit right between the kneecap and the side of the knee. It was actually a lucky place. If it hit right on the kneecap, it might do a lot of damage.
"It's just, 'All right. Let's get up to the clubhouse and get those X-rays and make sure it's OK.'"
Jorge Posada replaced Teixeira as a pinch-runner and reached base in all four of his plate appearances as he finished the game at first base. Three batters later, Russell Martin took first after being hit by Lester, who leads the Majors with nine hit batsmen.
"That's that type of pitch," Lester said of his cutter. "Guys see that ball. It starts off in and they don't move. That's the biggest thing. The ball looks like a fastball, but doesn't move and ends up hitting them in the foot."
If Teixeira is unable to play Wednesday, Girardi said he would decide between Posada and Nick Swisher, normally the Yankees' right fielder, to play first base. Still, the Yankees do not appear in danger of missing much time from Teixeira, the leading American League All-Star candidate at first base. He is hitting .258 with 18 homers and a .368 on-base percentage.
"Tex has been hit a lot in the three years that we've had him, and I've never seen him show that much pain," Girardi said. "He's tough, he's played with a broken toe, he's played with a lot of ailments. But he was in a lot of pain, and it was scary."
Thomas Boorstein is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.