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.
MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.
Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”
Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.
Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.