Both the New York Yankees and starting first baseman Mark Teixeira cannot afford to see the player go to the DL. He is resting his wrist that caused him to miss nearly 150 games last season. The pain is back, and right now, the plan is for the team to rest him and take it on a day-to-day basis. If it persists, the team could place him on the DL and make room for someone who is healthy to try and help the team’s season.
Teixeira is in the sixth year of his eight-year contract with the Yankees he signed prior to the 2009 season. His production was dropping every year since joining, but this season, he has looked a lot like his former self and is putting up excellent numbers with the bat. The team has already lost a middle of the lineup hitter in outfielder Carlos Beltran. Not many teams have the luxury of two switch-hitting RBI producing players. The Yankees are going to have to look for creative ways to make up for that power if they happen to lose both players.
This injury is not exactly news to either the franchise or baseball world. Teixeira did come out saying he would need time for the wrist to heal, and it probably would not be at 100 percent until mid-season. The team and Teixeira can only afford this to be a simple day-to-day procedure, or Joe Girardi will be looking at this lineup much like he did with the injury-plagued season he and the Yankees experienced in 2013.