Yankees first baseman Mark Teixiera strained his right hamstring chasing after a foul ball in the second inning, ESPN’s Wallace Matthews reports. Teixeira knocked in a run with a single in his only at-bat before exiting. Kelly Johnson moved from third base to first base, Yangervis Solarte moved from second base to third base, and Brian Roberts entered the game to play second.
Teixeira, soon to be 34 years old, missed a majority of the 2013 season with an injury to the tendon sheath in his right wrist and underwent surgery in July. That was the big concern coming into the 2014 season, so an unrelated injury is only more concerning for the Yankees. As their infield realignment Friday night showed, the Yankees aren’t very well prepared to deal with another absent infielder — they will be without Alex Rodriguez for the duration of the season as well.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.