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.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: