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.
Update (7:00 PM ET): The MLBPA announces that the deadline has been extended 24 hours while MLB and NPB continue to negotiate a new agreement for the posting system. The new deadline is 8 PM ET on Tuesday.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.