It’s mostly just a paperwork move because rosters have already expanded for September and he wasn’t going to play for a while anyway, but the Yankees have placed first baseman Mark Teixeira on the disabled list with a right shin bruise.
Teixeira suffered the injury on August 17 and started just one game over the next two weeks, all while being “day-to-day.” He’s currently hobbling around on crutches and there’s a very real possibility that Teixeira won’t play again this season, although manager Joe Girardi expressed some optimism that he could be available for late September and the playoffs.
He was having a great bounceback season before fouling the ball off his shin, hitting .255 with 31 homers and a .906 OPS that rates as his highest since Teixeira’s first season with the Yankees in 2009.
2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.
One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.
The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.