Shut down earlier this week with pain in his surgically repaired right wrist, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has been diagnosed with inflammation.
For now at least the Yankees are calling him day-to-day and hope that Teixeira will be able to avoid the disabled list, so it definitely qualifies as good news. So far he’s missed three games.
Teixeira was looking very close to his old, pre-injury self before being shut down, hitting .248 with a team-leading nine homers and an .843 OPS, which is his highest mark since 2009.
The Texas Rangers claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Phillies. Philadelphia designated Joseph for assignment last week to make room for Jake Arrieta.
Joseph hit 22 home runs and knocked in 69 in 142 games last season, but he did not get on base — or hit for power, for that matter — at the clip a first baseman needs to in order to be an asset, posting a line of .240/.289/.432. He had a better 2016, so it’s not that he’s without promise, but the Phillies have obviously decided to head in a different direction.
Joseph doesn’t really have a spot in Texas either with Joey Gallo handling first base and Shin-Soo Choo at DH, but he has an option left and could serve as depth for the Rangers, plying his trade at Round Rock until he’s needed.