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.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.