Mark Teixeira left Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays after five innings with soreness in his right wrist, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Brendan Ryan took his spot at first base. Teixeira will be evaluated further by team physicians. Though the end of the season is on the horizon, Teixeira hopes to play through the injury, seeking a third cortisone injection.
This is not the first time Teixeira’s right wrist has acted up. He didn’t make his 2013 season debut until May 31 due to a partially torn tendon sheath in his right arm, and went back on the disabled list on June 16 with the same injury. He has been in and out of the lineup several times this season with wrist soreness.
Though Teixeira leads the Yankees with 21 home runs, the wrist injury has left the first baseman a shadow of his former self. Following his 0-for-2 performance on Saturday, he owns a .216/.317/.395 with 58 RBI on the season.
Derek Jeter is out of the Yankees’ lineup for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Orioles after being struck on the left elbow by a pitch last night.
X-rays taken last night came back negative, but manager Joe Girardi told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York that “he’s sore … he was pretty sore last night, so I’m not sure what we’ll have.”
Jeter actually remained in the game after being plunked by Rays reliever Brad Boxberger. After today he’ll have just 16 regular season games remaining before retirement.
Brendan Ryan is starting at shortstop in Game 1.
ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand writes that the Yankees are considering moving to a six-man rotation whenever Masahiro Tanaka is activated from the disabled list in September. Not only that, but the Yankees could stick with the six-man rotation in 2015 as well.
Tanaka, who has been sidelined since July 9 with a partial tear of the UCL in his right elbow, threw 35 pitches over two innings of batting practice to Zelous Wheeler and Brendan Ryan on Saturday morning. He threw all of his pitches and could throw a simulated game as he takes the next step towards a return.
Pitching coach Larry Rothschild explained the logic behind potentially going to a six-man rotation:
“We have 21 games in 20 days so we are going to have to use six starters at some point,” said Rothschild. “So I think everyone in baseball is going to look for alternative ways to keep guys healthy. If that’s part of what is on the radar, you look at it and consider it.”
Tanaka went on the disabled list as an early candidate for the American League Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards, sporting a 12-4 record with a 2.51 ERA and a 135/19 K/BB ratio in 129 1/3 innings across 18 starts.