Napier: New Zealand captain Ross Taylor was on Saturday ruled out of the remainder of the Zimbabwe series by a calf strain which forced him to retire hurt on 122 in the first innings of the Test.
Taylor was attempting a quick single early on Friday as he built on his sixth Test century when he tore his right calf and was forced to hobble from the field.
Following hospital treatment, he said he would be sidelined for three to four weeks.
New Zealand are playing one Test, three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches against Zimbabwe before hosting South Africa from February 19.
"While it is early days, our target is to have Ross available for the one day series against South Africa in late February," New Zealand physiotherapist Paul Close said.
Meanwhile, a full day's play was expected in Napier on Saturday after much of Friday was washed out by rain.
With three days remaining in the one-off Test, New Zealand resume their first innings at 392 for five with BJ Watling on 52 and Doug Bracewell on 11.
Brendon McCullum takes over as New Zealand captain for the remainder of the match.