Snubbed from team, Mark Teixeira won’t take part in Home Run Derby

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David Ortiz wanted Mark Teixeira for one of the three openings for next week’s Home Run Derby, but the Yankees first baseman has decided to stay home after being snubbed from the AL roster for the All-Star Game.

Teixeira had indicated that he would have taken part in the Derby if he were making the trip to Phoenix anyway.  However, since he wasn’t named to the AL squad today, it’s hard to blame the guy for preferring to take a few days off.

With Teixeira out of the mix, Ortiz could turn to fellow Yankee Curtis Granderson.  Granderson ranks third in the AL with 22 homers, three behind Teixeira and five behind Jose Bautista in first place.  Another possibility is Ortiz’s own teammate, Adrian Gonzalez.

It’d also seem to make it more likely that Josh Hamilton will be asked to join Ortiz and Bautista among the AL’s four representatives.

Brett Cecil placed on 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome

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On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.

Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.

The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.

Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).