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Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi disagree on whether A-Rod should play first base

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Mark Teixeira is out for a long time, maybe for the season. That puts Greg Bird at first base against righthanders. But what about against lefties?

Joe Girardi thinks Alex Rodriguez could be the answer. His response yesterday when asked about A-Rod playing first base:

“I think you have to really talk about it now. Because I think our hope was that, when we left on that road trip [last week], you would have Tex back by the time we got home [Friday], or even on the road trip. But now, I think you have to think about it because you’re going to see left-handers. There’s left-handers in our division. There’s a lot of division opponents in the last 32 games or whatever we have left. I think you have to start debating the idea.”

Yankees GM Brian Cashman was asked about that too:

“I don’t think he can play first base,” Cashman countered. On Monday, Cashman said that shifting Chase Headley from third base across the diamond was more likely.

A-Rod has played one game at first this year. Yesterday he took some grounders there. Here’s how it went:

source: Getty Images
BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 1: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees reacts as a baseball comes his way as he was talking fielding practice at first base before a game with Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 1, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

 

Tiebreaker goes to Cashman, methinks.

UPDATE: A picture’s worth a thousand words, I guess. Girardi has seen the light:

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Yankees reveal Mark Teixeira’s shin injury is “more than we thought”

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Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has started just one game since fouling a ball off his shin two weeks ago and manager Joe Girardi revealed today that there’s no timetable for his return because the team now thinks the injury is more serious than initially believed.

Girardi told reporters that Teixeira will be on crutches for at least “a few days” and it’s certainly starting to sound like the Yankees fear he may be sidelined for a significant period of time. Girardi expressed optimism that he’ll play again this season, saying it’s a “deep bone bruise” but no fracture was found.

Teixeira has had a tremendous bounceback season, staying healthy enough to play 109 of the Yankees’ first 117 games while hitting .255 with 31 homers and a .906 OPS. He made his first All-Star team since 2009, which is also the last time he topped a .900 OPS.

Rookie Greg Bird has been the primary first baseman in Teixeira’s absence, hitting .250 with two homers and a .721 OPS through 16 games at age 22. Alex Rodriguez seeing time at first base is another option for Girardi, who could then use Carlos Beltran at designated hitter and free up an outfield spot.

Andrew Bailey is back in the big leagues with the Yankees

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One of the more interesting names among the dozens of September call-ups is former Rookie of the Year and All-Star closer Andrew Bailey, who’s back in the majors with the Yankees for the first time since 2013.

Bailey was a dominant reliever for the A’s from 2009-2011, but was traded to the Red Sox for Josh Reddick and a pair of minor leaguers in December of 2011 and has been repeatedly derailed by injuries since.

He returns to the big leagues at age 31 after throwing 35 innings with a 1.80 ERA and 42/11 K/BB ratio in the minors this season. New York is set in the late innings with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances, but Bailey could get a chance to get some key outs in middle relief.