It has been a nightmare year forNew York Yankees first-baseman, Mark Teixeira. It started before the season even began, when he was getting ready in the World Baseball Classic for team USA. He strained his wrist and had to begin the season on the disabled list.
He rehabbed and eventually made his debut of the 2013 season for the Yankees on May 31 against the Boston Red Sox, going 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. But just over two weeks later, he re-aggravated his wrist and was again put on the DL for the second time of the year.
Today, news came out that surgery has been recommended to repair the tear of the tendon sheath on his wrist. This, barring a miracle, will end the season for Teixeira. Now Lyle Overbay is the only real first baseman on the Yankees roster. Not that Teixeira was scolding the ball when he came back, but his presence in the locker room, defense and ability to switch hit was a huge boost for the ball club.
The Yankees have no power from the right side of the plate. Basically, they have no good right-handed hitters on the roster. It is almost certain that they will try to get right-handed hitting first-baseman to platoon with Overbay, even though Overbay has done more than what was asked of him when he was acquired right before the start of the season.
Either way, now that Tex is most likely done, a right-handed bat with some pop is a must for the Yanks.