Teixeira out of Game 1 with back spasms
He becomes third Braves player to suffer from same ailment
PITTSBURGH -- Mark Teixeira can now count himself as the latest member of the Braves organization to be sidelined by back spasms.
Teixeira was forced to leave during the fourth inning of the first game of Monday's doubleheader at PNC Park. He had gone hitless in his first two at-bats against Pirates starter Zach Duke.
After the Braves won the second game of the doubleheader, Teixeira said he was feeling better. But he wasn't making any promises about being in the lineup for Tuesday night's series opener against the Phillies in Philadelphia.
"I'm not going to get my hopes up and then not be able to play," Teixeira said. "I'll just say I'm hoping to get back in there."
Teixeira said that he felt the discomfort while going to the first base bag to receive a throw from second baseman Omar Infante. He indicated that the ground around the bag was hard by saying that it felt like he was playing on an artificial turf surface.
Greg Norton, who replaced Teixeira at first base in the first game and then played there for the entirety of the second game, said that his back was feeling sore and he believed it was a product of the hard surface.
Last week, Braves manager Bobby Cox said that he had never seen so many of his players experience back spasms in such a short span of time. Earlier this season, Chipper Jones and Kelly Johnson were both forced to miss a game with this ailment.
Bench coach Chino Cadahia experienced a bout with back spasms and backup catcher Brayan Pena is on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.