New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira could be heading back to the disabled list after just a few weeks back with the team. If this were a few weeks ago, I might’ve said that his injury was bad news. But after his performance so far this year, maybe it wouldn’t be so terrible.
Teixeira is hitting a meager .151 this season through just 15 games, and he has only three homers and twelve RBI’s. From his poor performance thus far, it seems clear to me that he was rushed back from injury when he wasn’t really ready, and that he should head back to the DL until he is truly healthy. Replacement first baseman Lyle Overbay has so far outplayed Teixeira, hitting eight home runs and driving in thirty, along with solid defense. Overbay has gotten mostly spot starts in right since Teixeira’s return, yet he’s also consistently outplayed Teixeira this year. They need a healthy bat in the lineup, and so swapping him for Overbay makes sense.
It would be a shame if New York derailed a promising career just to get Teixeira back on the field sooner. After all, he barely missed any time during his career, except until last season and this season, where he’s missed a significant amount of games for each. If I were them, I’d be worried about this new penchant for injury and let him take it easy until he’s one hundred percent.
It makes sense to me for the New York Yankees to put Mark Teixeira on the DL. The team is struggling mightily and he isn’t really giving them anything at the plate. The best thing would be to give him a rest.