Wilson hurt in first start

Updated: April 24, 2010, 12:19 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

It was a tough way for Bobby Wilson to make his first major league start.

The Angels catcher was bowled over by New York Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira in a violent collision at the plate in the third inning Friday night. Wilson's head slammed into the dirt, causing a concussion, and his left leg bent underneath him, injuring his ankle.

He was taken to Chapman Medical Center for a CT Scan and X-rays.

The Angels already were without starting catcher Jeff Mathis, who is out for at least six weeks after taking a pitch off his right wrist. Now, they likely will have to call Triple-A to summon a new backup catcher, probably Ryan Budde.

Teixeira had reached base after he was hit by a pitch from Ervin Santana. He scored on Robinson Cano's single to right field. Wilson was to the right of home plate, but he lunged to apply the tag after the throw came in. Teixeira never slowed down and braced for the collision by pulling his arms into his body.

Angels fans have lustily booed Teixeira since he left Anaheim to sign with the Yankees two winters ago.

Mark Saxon

Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.