Mark Teixeira is out 8-10 weeks with wrist strain

Another Yankee down; Teixeira out 8-10 weeks

3/6/13 in MLB   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

March 2, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) at bat against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsThe already-depleted New York Yankees lineup just got thinner, as first baseman Mark Teixeira will reportedly be out 8-10 weeks with a strained wrist. Teixeira joins outfielder Curtis Granderson and third baseman Alex Rodriguez on the list of injured Yankee sluggers.

Teixeira, who injured himself hitting off a tee, while not need surgery, but will be kept out of all activity for at least four weeks.

New York is now incredibly undermanned at first base. During the offseason they signed former first baseman Travis Hafner to be the team's designated hitter, but Hafner has not picked up a glove in five years and likely will not this season. 

Other options include moving Kevin Youkilis to first base and letting someone like Eduardo Nunez take over at third base. Youkilis has plenty of experience at first base from his time with Boston, but Nunez has struggled when the Yankees have shuffled him around the infield.

Alternatively, New York could turn to non-roster invitees, Dan Johnson or Juan Rivera at first. Rivera is battling to take up Granderson's role in left field, but did play some first base for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. Johnson was originally a first baseman, though the Yankees had primarily been playing him at third base this spring. The options on the free agent market are very thin.

Regardless of who fills in, New York will inevitably feel a drop off from Teixeira's production, who is averaging more than 30 home runs and 100 RBI in four seasons as a Yankee. 
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3/7/13   |   Scott   |   49485 respect

I saw a great stat today that magnifies just how important the injuries to Granderson and Teixeira are to the Yankees lineup.  With both out, 8 of the Yankees top 10 home run hitters from 2012 are either unavailable for opening day or on a different team.

It might be a while before the Yankees starting hitting some bombs in the Bronx