Tex has right big toe contusion after being hit

Yankees first baseman expects to play vs. Nationals on Tuesday

Tex has right big toe contusion after being hit

KANSAS CITY -- -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left Sunday's 6-0 loss to the Royals with what the team announced to be a right big toe contusion. X-rays were negative.

Teixeira was hit by a pitch from Royals starter Edinson Volquez in the fourth inning. He remained in the game until the seventh, when he was replaced defensively at first base by Garrett Jones.

"We just wanted to make sure we got out of there and got the X-rays," Teixeira said. "If you're playing on a broken toe, you can make it really bad. We just wanted to make sure that everything was going to be all right."

Teixeira said that he plans to play on Tuesday, when the Yankees open a two-game Interleague set against the Nationals in Washington.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that if Teixeira is not available to play, Alex Rodriguez could draw the start at first base against Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez.

"Hopefully it's day to day," Girardi said. "He's got a bruise, so we kind of have to see how he feels Tuesday. He hit after it and played defense after it, but I just felt it was best to get him out."

Teixeira was 0-for-2 with the hit-by-pitch and is batting .248 with 11 home runs and 28 RBIs this season.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.