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.
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.”