Mark Teixeira to miss at least the first week of spring games

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George A. King III of the New York Post reports that Mark Teixeira (wrist) isn’t likely to play in Grapefruit League games until March 3, at the earliest.

His wrist is still tight, though there is no pain and he hasn’t had any setbacks. He said earlier this month that it could be June before he loses that tightness. I think one of the bigger questions for the Yankees is what they’ll get, if anything, from Teixeira this year. If he’s not productive they’re going to be relying pretty heavily on a small number of guys.

Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates

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MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

Ngoepe, 27, made his major league debut this past season. Overall, he hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. He mostly played second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.

Ngoepe is from South Africa. When he debuted on April 26, he became the second African-born player to play in the majors along with Al Cabrera of the 1913 Cardinals. He had spent parts of eight seasons in the minors prior to 2017.

In case you’re wondering, Ngoepe is pronounced “in-go-pay.”