30 Jul 2012
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If you didn’t see the Mark Teixeira injury tonight, it didn’t look like much, but it could be a huge problem for the Yankees. Apparently, he felt it yesterday swinging at a pitch and then slammed his glove diving for a ball today and couldn’t swing a bat after that. He said on the YES postgame that x-rays were negative, but he is going for a MRI tomorrow. He didn’t seem overly worried, comparing it to an injury he had before that was treated with a few days of rest and a cortisone shot. He described it as, “more achy and sore than major pain.” Hopefully, he is good as self-diagnosis.
The timing is pretty amazing, isn’t it? Tomorrow is the trading deadline and the results of that MRI will have a major impact on Brian Cashman’s day. Considering how careful Girardi has been with Swisher so far, I can’t imagine we will see Texiera before Friday at the earliest, no matter what the MRI says. I suggested when A-Rod went down that Brandon Laird could be a good callup candidate and it’s worth noting he has played 31 games at first this year in addition to 70 at third. And while his overall line of .250/.309/.418 isn’t thrilling he is hitting .309/.361/.629 in July and .311/.354/.563 overall vs. LHP. Even if Teixiera avoids the DL, Laird seems like a better fit right now than Pena.
Stay tuned, tomorrow is going to be an interesting day.