Mark Teixeira playing with broken toe

Updated: September 14, 2010, 11:57 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Despite the fact that Mark Teixeira has been playing with a broken toe for weeks, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he has no plans to give the first baseman any time off.

"He's been playing with it for two weeks," Girardi told ESPNNewYork.com. "You can't do much for broken toes, that's the thing."

Teixeira broke the little toe on his right foot when he hit a foul ball off of the foot on Aug. 31 at Yankee Stadium. The New York Post first reported Teixeira's injury.

"Every step I take it stings," Teixeira told the Post. "It's worse on defense because I have to move side to side and shuffle."

It didn't stop Teixeira from making a beautiful, diving stop on a Carlos Pena grounder on Monday, but at the plate Teixeira has been in a slide.

Since the injury, Teixeira has been homerless, while batting just .208 (10-for-48) through Tuesday's 8-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He went 1-for-5 Tuesday, and drove in a run for his 101st RBI of the season.

Andrew Marchand covers baseball for ESPNNewYork.com.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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