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.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.