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Mark Teixeira out 8-10 weeks with strained wrist tendon

Mar 6, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT

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Mark Teixeira was initially said to have strained his forearm hitting off a tee Tuesday, but the Yankees just announced that he’s been diagnosed with a strained right wrist tendon and will be out 8-10 weeks.

Teixeira, who was removed from the Team USA roster for the World Baseball Classic and replaced by Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, will rest for four weeks before beginning the rehab process. In other words, don’t expect to see Teixeira back in the Yankees’ lineup before mid-May and Curtis Granderson could beat him back from the disabled list.

In-house options to replace Teixeira at first base include veterans Juan Rivera and Dan Johnson. The free agent options are underwhelming enough that Carlos Lee, who reportedly turned down a trade to the Yankees last season, might be the best pickup.

  1. schlom - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Their Opening Day lineup is going to be awful, especially if Jeter isn’t ready. They might have to start Chris Stewart, Dan Johnson, Abraham Nunez, and Juan Rivera.

    • drewzducks - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      • badintent - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:58 AM

        Why don’t they make movies like this anymore ?

      • stoutfiles - Mar 7, 2013 at 9:09 AM

        But they survive the fall into the river! They should have shown the shootout instead.

    • Glenn - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      They are entering 2012 Red Sox territory. We know how that worked out.

      • sabatimus - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:51 AM

        They don’t have Bullet for my Valentine as their “manager”. That ought to count for at least 30 wins in the Yanks’ favor.

  2. Ben - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Craig cursed them with his Yankee Doom Watch. It’s the only thing that makes sense.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      Is it a curse, or a blessing?

      • zekeo1 - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        Where is the Swisher man when you need him

    • cackalackyank - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      Which I guess begs the question was it a Doom Watch or a reality check…

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    2013 Yankee theme song right here

  4. baseballisboring - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    God how great would it be to see the Yankees have a losing season. Jays are much improved, Rays are still there, O’s won’t be as good, but the Red Sox won’t be as bad…the injuries are piling up…a man can dream.

    • Ben - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Rephrased so it doesn’t sound like anyone’s reveling in others’ pain: God how great would it be to see a playoff season without the Yankees or Red Sox.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:46 AM

        My friend you have already seen 3 playoff seasons without the Red Sox it will probably be 4 after this season. The Yankees have a way of adjusting and adapting to injuries and being successful. After all both Tex and Granderson are only expected to miss the 1st month of the season. They should be back by the very beginning of May. It would be foolhardy to count the Yankees out.

  5. thebadguyswon - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Yeah…..about that “Yankees will be fine” thing.

  6. Charles Gates - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Do any AL East teams have a disproportionate number of games against the Yankees in the first 2 months of the season?

    • jaysjunkie - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      It appears the Jays play them 10 times in April in May. I don’t really want to be someone who takes joy in anyone getting injured…but I’m a little less altruistic when it comes to the Yankees.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      Tough Schedule from April 1 to April 28. Jays 7 games, Indians 4 games 3 games each for the Red Sox, Orioles,, Rays and Diamond Backs. They do finish the month against Houston.

      • southpaw2k - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:27 PM

        Yankees open the season with 3 games vs the Red Sox, and then 3 on the road in Detroit. Is there a chance they start the season 0-6?

      • Kevin S. - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        Sure, there’s always a chance that some team could go on a rough streak, but even if they’re 40/60 dogs in each of those first six games (pretty unlikely), there’s still less than a five percent chance they lose the first six games.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        I forgot to mention the Tigers. I do expect that CC will beat the Red Sox.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        Boooo!!!!

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        It wasn’t a deliberate snub of the pussy cats.

  7. flavadave10 - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    How does this affect his availability for the Kentucky Derby and Preakness?

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

    Tread water for a month or so, then come on strong. Go Yankees!!

  9. blockedshotnyr - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Potential FAs – Carlos Lee, Aubrey Huff, Scott Rolen (Youk shifting to first)

    Potential Trade Targets –

    Mitch Moreland for David Phelps – Texas wants pitching – In my opinion, this is the best fit and option – the Rangers need pitching and have Mike Olt blocked at third currently, this would allow him to come up and play first. Plus, they are looking for pitching, Phelps can come in and compete for a rotation spot. Moreland can play first and outfield and is a capable DH for when Hafner ultimately goes down.

    Others to call on: Logan Morrison and Justin Smoak…

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Cashman is also on the DL. Will he be up to making a decent trade?

    • flavadave10 - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      They could REALLY use Steve Pearce right now. Oh wait.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      Can’t see this at all. Mitch Moreland is barely a replacement-level player, and I don’t think the Yankees would give up a useful swing man so he can fill in for one month.

      • tc4306 - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:11 PM

        Playing every day, Moreland could be a 30HR guy with the short porch in right. He’s played RF as well so would give the Yankees some flexibility there. I’m neither a Yankees fan nor a Rangers fan, but Moreland for Phelps could be a trade that would help both teams.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM

        I highly doubt that. He’s got a career 23 HR/600 PA, and while Yankee Stadium is the best ballpark for left-handed home runs, Arlington is the second-best park. He wouldn’t get that big of a boost. And once Teix and Granderson get back, where does he fit in? The Yankees already have an all-lefty outfield and a lefty DH. Further, I wouldn’t want to even consider a 1B/RF with a .328 career OBP unless he was a plus-plus defensive player, and there’s absolutely no evidence Moreland is capable of being that guy with the glove.

    • paperlions - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      There is no reason to make a trade to fill a hole you only expect to have for 4-6 weeks….unless they can pick a guy up for essentially nothing (cost of contract), it would be wiser to tread water.

  10. tfbuckfutter - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    A few more injuries and maybe the Red Sox won’t finish in the AL East’s dumpster.

    • 18thstreet - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      I don’t really believe in the Orioles. Does anyone else? They look like the last-place team to me.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        I don’t think they are anywhere near as good as they were last year, but the AL East looks really….umm….enigmatic I guess.

        I really don’t know what to expect from anyone.

        Except Toronto. Toronto will fail to live up to expectations. Because they are Toronto and that is what they do.

  11. vanmorrissey - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Switch Youk to first, and it’s inevitable he’ll get hurt somewhere along the line, go after Headley who can then play third, first. Tex never gets off to a good start so he’ll have to be ready to go as soon as he’s back. Good luck with that.

    • weaselpuppy - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      annnnd what praytell will there be to get a guy like Headley with? That SD wants? notgonnahappen…they just gave decent mid term deals to guys like Street and Quentin to build a core instead of dump parts and rebuild….you think they won’t give a longer deal to a guy 5 levels higher than them like Headley to be their face player? cmon…

  12. uyf1950 - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    This is starting to get ugly. Going to be interesting to see what Cashman has up his sleeve.

  13. weaselpuppy - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    and all these old overpaid dudes on the Yanks who have contracts running through the next 1-4 years will get healthier and healthier as they age too!

    Current Yank Depth Chart

    C- Some nobody
    1B-Some nobody taking the place of a some oldish hurt guy with declining numbers and $90m left to pay
    2b- FA to be 30 yr old stud
    SS- Swan song singles hitter w no range coming off a broken ankle
    3b- some old dude with declining skills filling in for another old dude with declining skills who is hurt for at least half the year and is tied to PEDs…again, w $100+M left to pay
    LF-some really old dude(s) filling in for a hurt guy with declining hit and fielding tools that is a FA next yr
    CF- slaphitting guy coming off most of last season being hurt
    RF- some reallly old slaphitting dude who had a dead cat bounce 90 days w the Yanks last yr
    DH-some other old dude who’s been broken down most of the last 3 years
    bench-generic old non contact hitting OF, AAAA guy #1,AAAA guy #2, and some rookie C

    SP1- stud 50 pounds overweight coming off an injury
    SP2-old ass dude who had a nice year
    SP3- really old ass dude who was a tick above league average for all 12 starts due to injury/age
    SP4- he’s young, but he’s not so great…BUT HE’S YOUNG!
    SP5- he’s younger than SP4, but not as good either
    SP6- generic swingman
    SP7- He’s young, but may never pitch again

    CL- 43 yr old coming off a torn acl/mcl
    setup1- nice player
    setup2- nice young lefty pen guy
    setup3-fat hurt and stupid is no way to go through life son
    setup4-been hurt most of last 3 years…

    Good luck with that. 80 wins. max.

    • uyf1950 - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      merriam-webster defines weasel as: a sneaky, untrustworthy, or insincere person. To para-phase Johnny Cochran from the A.J. Simpson Trial: If the shoe fits weaselpuppy wear it.

      • weaselpuppy - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:47 PM

        it also defines truth as my post, wear that.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:36 AM

        weaselpuppy, I guess we will see over the next 6 months or so how accurate your prediction of 80 wins max for the Yankees in 2013 is. Like I’ve said before on this board I love it when fans underestimate the Yankees it makes their winning year in and year out all the sweeter. Have a good day my friend because regardless which team you are a fan of or root for they will NEVER be as popular or as successful as the NY Yankees. And that’s both my opinion and a fact.

      • weaselpuppy - Mar 7, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        so if my moniker was “happy fluffy trustworthy abe lincoln bunny”, what I said would be accurate and respected?

        The Yankees are the storied franchise, of course. As a Red Wings fan, I get telling people to go cry in their milk about overspending to win championships….the difference is that the Red Wing fan base is a lot less arrogant and insulting and insipid. Not saying you are bro, as you don’t come off that way, just that there is a lot of ugliness and unrealism out of The Bronx Bomber fanbase…and others to be fair (Philly, I’m looking at you)

        The Yankees are in a transition period in a lot of respects, accelerated by the fact they got old, hurt and average really fast…and if Steinbrenner is to believed, they can’t just throw crazy $ at the problem anymore…now $185MM is still going to outspend everyone but LA…but it’s not going to be the huge 2x-3x spend of other competitive franchises anymore…which I think is good for baseball.

    • vallewho - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      OUCH!

    • andyreidisthegoat - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      That looks like it took a lot of time and energy. Yanks always find a way. keep hatin’. see ya in october.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Hahaha! Great stuff weasel.
      This is my favorite part (in addition to all the old dude references).

      “SP4- he’s young, but he’s not so great…BUT HE’S YOUNG!”
      “SP5- he’s younger than SP4, but not as good either”

  14. vincentbojackson - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Luckily the rest of the Yankees are 100% healthy.

  15. 6stn - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Free-Agent Joe Pepitone may sign with the Yankees within the next 48 hours.

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