Mark Teixeira landed on the disabled list over the weekend with a right hamstring strain, but the Yankees waited until today to send him for an MRI. The early word is encouraging.
According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, Teixiera has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain. That’s the least severe strain, so the hope is that he won’t have to miss much time beyond the minimum 15 days. The 33-year-old had a Grade 2 right hamstring strain end his season in 2010, but he said right away that this particular injury isn’t as serious. Today’s diagnosis confirms that much.
With Teixeira down, the Yankees are going with Kelly Johnson as their primary first baseman. Early season hero Yangervis Solarte is filling in at third base.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.