An already-fun week for the New York Yankees got even better Wednesday, and this time it had nothing to do with Brian Cashman telling Alex Rodriguez to shut up. It appears the wrist injury to first baseman Mark Teixeira, which first came to light at the start of the World Baseball Classic, is probably going to cost him the rest of the 2013 season via numerous reports. The injury hasn’t healed properly and surgery is recommended.
Teixeira joins Curtis Granderson among the Yankees’ injured star players who’ve returned from the disabled list, only to wind up right back on it. Rodriguez and captain Derek Jeter have yet to play at all during 2013. Kevin Youkilis, signed as a stopgap for Rodriguez at third, is also likely out for the season with a back injury.
“Don’t come back until it’s right or you’ll never be right again,” DeRosa said. “Your bat speed, your stability, your power, your stamina, everything (gets) compromised by it.”
Teixeira didn’t have surgery and returned to action on May 31 and put up a .151./.270/.360 line with three home runs. Then he went back on the disabled list on June 15. The Yankees might get Rodriguez back sometime after the All-Star break, which would help the team’s production at one of the corners. Teixeira did strike out 19 times in 53 at-bats, but he was a switch-hitter and gave the Yankees some balance in the lineup against lefties.
Lyle Overbay has filled in admirably at first, but he hasn’t hit a home run since May 25. Expect Cashman, when he’s not jumping out of planes or yelling at Rodriguez, to explore all options before the July 31 trade deadline.
The problem for the Yankees right now is twofold. For one, they’re not looking to add a lot of payroll and second, there aren’t that many teams that are out of it in the standings. Cashman has been known to get creative, searching the scrap heaps for short-term shots in the arm. That figures be the case again here.
One name that readily comes to mind is Seattle’s Mike Morse, a righty who can play first and in the outfield and is only signed through the end of 2013. Morse, however, himself was placed on the disabled list on June 21 with a quad strain.
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