Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has played well since coming off the disabled list in late April, posting an .884 OPS with nine homers in 31 games, but now he’s once again dealing with pain in his surgically repaired right wrist.
Teixeira sat out Monday’s game and told Brendan Kuty of the Newark Star Ledger that the pain in his wrist was “ratcheted up, definitely.” Kuty reports that it’s the first time Teixeira has felt pain like that since spring training and he’ll probably sit out at least the next two games as the Yankees play it safe about 10 months after his initial surgery last year.
He played just 15 games last season and made it only four games this year before being shut down and placed on the disabled list with hamstring problems, but Teixeira has shown excellent power and plate discipline since returning and his current .843 OPS would be his highest since his first season with the Yankees back in 2009.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.