Mark Teixeira Headed to the DL Already

Mark Teixeira says he is "overpaid."

Mark Teixeira says he is “overpaid.”

Who would of guessed four games into the season that the injury bug would strike again. New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was placed on the disabled list with a injured right hamstring. As we reported last night Tex left the game early with a pulled right hamstring. After the game, manager Joe Girardi said no tests would be needed till the team got back to New York on Monday. Everyone kind of got the feeling he would just sit the rest of weekend, but that isn’t the case.

Tex was placed on the 15-day disabled list this morning and the team has recalled catcher Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton. Seems like a strange move bringing up Romine, but the Yankees really don’t have a solid backup first baseman at the moment. The move gives Girardi some maneuverability with Francisco Cervelli. He said Cervelli might even see some action at first base, even Yangervis Solarte is an option for the team. For now Kelly Johnson will take over the day-to-day duties at first base, but long term the Yankees might need to start looking for a serious full time backup first baseman. Tex has proven he just can’t stay healthy.

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  • Dave Guarnieri

    Kendrys Moralas is still an unsiged FA who, these days passes the time playing catch with Stephen Drew (2 Scott Boras cients). Teixeira gets hurt cutting his fingernails, and makes the rest of AROD’s a relative bargain. If it comes to the point that Tex can never be counted on in the long term, Moralas may be attractive to the Yanks for the rest of this year for $7million (ballpark). Problems, roster inflexibility plus the fact that Moralas is not a good defensive First Baseman.
    Apparently, Soriano didn’t impress anyone when taking reps at First Base in Spring Training. Maybe it is time to revisit that option.