Bad news for the Yankees, as Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports that Mark Teixeira left today’s game against the Twins due to renewed soreness in his surgically-repaired right wrist.
Teixeira missed three games earlier this week due to inflammation in the wrist, but he returned to the lineup last night and went 0-for-1 with three walks. He made it through two at-bats today before exiting.
With Teixeira’s wrist a lingering question mark, it will be interesting to see if the Yankees consider making a serious run at free agent Kendrys Morales. He’ll no longer be attached to draft pick compensation after the First-Year Player Draft next Thursday.
According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.
Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.
Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.