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Mark Teixeira injures forearm, to miss World Baseball Classic

Mar 5, 2013, 5:04 PM EST

Mark Teixeira

Yankees and Team USA first baseman Mark Teixeira suffered a strained right forearm hitting off a tee Tuesday before an exhibition against the White Sox and will miss the World Baseball Classic.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, he’s currently slated to miss 7-10 days.

FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi confirmed through an official that Teixeira would be pulled from the roster. Team USA intends to go away from its provisional roster to bring in a replacement, which is bad news for those hoping Willie Bloomquist might take over.

As for the non-Bloomquist options currently on the roster, Ben Zobrist and Joe Mauer can both play first. Mauer would be a more attractive choice had either Buster Posey or Matt Wieters opted in. As is, Jonathan Lucroy and J.P. Arencibia are the backup catchers.

With Prince Fielder having passed, Teixeira was picked for Team USA over younger, better players like Allen Craig, Freddie Freeman and Paul Goldschmidt. The two-time All-Star hit .251/.332/.475 with 24 homers in 451 at-bats for the Yankees last season.

If Team USA is given free rein to pick its replacement, it might choose Ryan Howard, who has been very impressive with three homers and three doubles in 30 at-bats this spring. A healthy Craig would be the best play, but he’s been recently limited to DH duties by shoulder soreness.

  1. danglickman - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Depending on who they get, this could be addition by subtraction, giving how bad he usually does so early in the year.

    Also, how do you get hurt hitting off a tee?

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      Hal Steinbrenner was hanging on his leg, Van Gundy-style, so he wouldn’t participate. That off-kilter swing resulted in a tweak to his wrist.

  2. historiophiliac - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Dammit, that’s a good picture. It took me a minute before I could start reading. he he

  3. paperlions - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    That headline reads much better without the comma.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      Hey! No one asked you. For not liking the WBC, you sure comment on the posts a lot…and have opinions on it.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        He’s never been to a WBC game, so you can ignore his opinions as invalid.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:31 PM

        Which certainly means he could not have given it the Eyeball Test.

    • cackalackyank - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      Hmmm, stranger things have happened.

  4. randygnyc - Mar 5, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    He’s been called back to Florida to be attended to by the Yankee medical staff. X-rays negative. I’m guessing here that if they took X-rays so quickly, and came back neg, Tex has an MRI in his immediate future.

    • cackalackyank - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      An MRI in Tex’s future is fine…not so sure about Hafner, or some of the Minor League types manning 1b for a month or two if said MRI shows a problem, though.

  5. theaxmancometh - Mar 5, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Lucroy is very underrated. Hit .324 last season. Have Mauer play 1st & Lucroy catch if they want the best bats in the lineup.

  6. drewzducks - Mar 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Well on the bright side at least he didn’t do it jumping from a plane.

    • cackalackyank - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      ..or on a trampoline.

  7. buffalomafia - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:41 AM

    Looks like another slow start for Tex?

  8. deathmonkey41 - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    I wish he would miss the remainder of his Yankees contract and give back all that money. Between the injuries and the fact that all he tries to do is pull everything out the right field porch, his value has steadily declined. Nothing more frustrating that watching him hit into a rally killing DP because he’s trying to pull a ball that’s 3 ft off the plate.

  9. macjacmccoy - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Freddie Freeman better then Teixeira in what universe? Freeman maybe more valuable because of his production at a much lower salary, but contracts dont count when it comes to whose a better player. Freeman wont ever match Tex’s ceiling but he will probably be better then Tex in a year or 2 but right now he just isnt. Lets try to keep things in prospective Freeman has had only 1 good season while Tex has only had 1 bad season in recent memory.

    Lets hold off on anointing the kid better then established players until he can put more the 1 good season together in a row and the players he’s supposedly better then now put more the 1 season below their career average’s together in a row.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      Last year, Teixeira hit .251/.332/.475 to Freeman’s .259/.340/.456, nearly identical lines with Teix playing half his games in a much more generous home park. When you consider their career trajectories, I have no qualms saying Freeman’s better, right now.

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