Mark Teixeira is out of the Yankees’ lineup for today’s game against the Rays after having fluid drained from his sore left knee.
According to manager Joe Girardi “he’s played through this and we fully expect him to be back in there tomorrow.”
Teixeira sat out two weeks in April with a hamstring injury after spending most of last year on the disabled list, but he’s been one of the Yankees’ most productive hitters since returning with 15 homers and an .825 OPS in 58 games following the DL stint.
Jacoby Ellsbury is also sitting out today’s game with general soreness, so the Yankees have Ichiro Suzuki in center field and Kelly Johnson at first base.
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.