Teixeira leaves game with concussion
Rangers slugger hit with thrown ball while scoring in third
SEATTLE -- Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira left Friday's game with the Seattle Mariners with a mild concussion after getting hit by a thrown baseball in the third inning.Teixeira was hit below the left eye on a throw by center fielder Ichiro Suzuki as he slid into home plate, scoring on a single by Marlon Byrd. He was examined by Mariners team physician Mitch Storey and X-rays showed no fractures. He did have a major bruise under the eye, according to Rangers spokesman Gregg Elkin. He is listed as a day-to-day. Teixeira was playing in his 501st consecutive game, a club record. Matt Kata, who started at third base, moved to first when Teixeira went out.
Manager Ron Washington couldn't say after the game whether Teixeira's streak, which is the second longest active streak in the Majors, would come to an end on Saturday.
"We'll deal with that tomorrow," Washington said. "All his tests were negative, but he had a lot of dizziness. A big guy like that, it takes a lot to knock you out. I'll talk to the training staff. If we feel like he needs a day off, he'll get it. If he feels like he can play, he'll play."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.