Quick Hit: Teixeira will miss 8-10 weeks

I was having a pretty good day until this news came across the wire. Mark Teixeira has a strained right wrist and will miss 8 to 10 weeks. He will have to rest four weeks before even beginning to rehab the wrist.

I will give you time to gasp, yell, throw something, etc.

Okay. So, now that we know that Teixeira will be out for at least the first month of the season, there are many questions that need to be answered:

  • Who will take over at first base while Tex is out?
  • Who will be the next Yankee to get injured?
  • Will Tex’s April woes actually happen in May instead?
  • Why are the baseball Gods being so cruel to us?
  • What will happen next?
  • A sinkhole?
  • A meteor?
  • Is this actually happening or am I dreaming?
  • Is it too early to drink a bottle of wine?

In all seriousness, it’s as if the Yankees were tempting fate by not having a lot of depth on the bench and now look at what’s happening. It’s almost amusing at this point because it’s so ludicrous.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

32 thoughts on “Quick Hit: Teixeira will miss 8-10 weeks

  1. jay_robertson

    Look on the bright side – was it last April, or the one before, where Tex hit below .200? I'd think almost anyone in the system could match that kind of output.

    Not that sub .200 is good – but that's what we've come to expect and accept from Mark – so why whine when we get the same thing from one of our retreads?

    • srosegots

      Well, it's not just April. Wrist injuries are usually tricky and who knows if he'll be back after those 8-10 weeks.

      And he's not the only one missing from the lineup now.

  2. jay_robertson

    I just hope Kuroda doesn't go inside on Cano today and break HIS forearm.

    • oldshiftyeyes

      That's exactly what I thought during the first AB!

  3. makjak2

    Everyone that was dying for small ball in 2012 will be wishing the Yanks hit too many homers this year. And if CC, Kuroda and Hughes all get off to slow starts again this year — oh boy.

  4. jaytrain

    I think we will see a lot of references to the "Mendoza Lone "this year when we speak of this guy . And I don't mean in May and June ,but all year long .

  5. David

    Clearly the Yankees will use Nick Swisher at 1B again like they did last yea— crap.

  6. mcmastro

    1. It's never too early for wine

    2. Hafner has the ability, and i mean VERY LIMITED ABILITY to play first. He could possibly cover that area, unless him stretching off the bag causes him to break a leg.

  7. Anybody got Johnny Damon's number?

  8. Art Vandelay

    Wow. Is this the Opening day lineup, assuming Jeter plays SS?

    Winner of the Melky Mesa/Juan Rivera/Matt Diaz sweepstakes
    Dan Johnson

    That has to be the worst opening day lineup the Yankees have run out there since the Roberto Kelly era.

    • mcmastro

      Gardner hitting 7th is pointless, probably a wasted bat actually. He needs to be 9th or leadoff. But yeah, it's not pretty right now.

      • Art Vandelay

        On second thought, you could maybe try Nun-E or Nix at 3B and shift Youk to 1B? Probably better.

        You could also bat Gardner first and move Jeter down.

        • mcmastro

          My lineup, and not that anybody in the Yankees brass cares, would be.

          1: CF Gardner
          2: RF Ichiro
          3: 2B Cano
          4: 3B Youk
          5: SS Jeter
          6: 1B Hafner
          7: DH Nunez
          8: LF Almonte/Rivera
          9: C Cervelli

          • Derpy

            Gardner, Ichiro, Jeter, Cano, Youk, bleh. That would be my lineup. Sneak Tex back in after Youk when he comes back until he establishes himself, then maybe move him up. I'm big into the slowly moving up the order after major injury philosophy.

            Yankees are going to have a more National league lineup, at least to start the season. They should probably structure it and play to match this.

  9. If I didn't keep hearing "haven't won a series since 2009" as a plea for sympathy, I might feel worse for y'all

    • srosegots

      Heh. I know. What a hardship.

  10. uyf1950

    All these injuries are starting to get ugly. Maybe all this stuff will make Hal and Company take a closer look at their self imposed salary cap for the 2014. If it does then maybe some good will come from all these injuries.

  11. Matt

    Let Austin play first . It's time to bring the kids up .it worked well for the nats. May as well bring Sanchez and Williams too .

    • Ben

      The 'kids' you speak of are all in high-A/double-A this year. The crew of Austin, Sanchez, and Williams will not be ready until 2015 most likely. Heathcott has an outside chance of getting called up this year.

  12. Nootch

    With so many injuries it would be a great time to battle-test some of these "kids" in the minors. The Yanks need CF and 1B/3B (wherever Yooooouk doesn't play). Instead of begging for replacement scraps from other teams just put in the best kids available. It's April, everyone is a little rusty and Win/Loss is unpredictable anyway.

    I'd really like to see Zoilo Almonte take center until Granderson is back; the Yanks are losing Granderson and maybe Ichiro after the season, what a better audition that real games that actually matter in the Bronx pressure-cooker? (Also, when I saw him play for the Staten Island Yankees I decided that "Zoilo" is about the coolest name ever.) It's a little tougher with the infield, as the Yanks don't really have (m)any good prospects in the dirt. I don't think that Nunez will be a great replacement for Jeter in the future, so maybe keep him at 3B to get him more swings.

    • skeaney

      Ichiro is signed through 2014.

  13. Hawaii Dave

    Some of you might laugh, but I'd put Nunez at 1st base for a month…defensively, he can catch a grounder, and he only has to under hand it to the pitcher covering. The rest of 1st base is holding on a runner, and he can catch a ball thrown and apply a tag…which is easier than having to run to 2nd base and catch a ball from the catcher to tag out a runner trying to steal 2nd. I think he can do it, and cut down on his throwing errors.

    • Bill

      Not a bad thought at all. He actually has pretty good hands, just an erratic arm. He's tall and rangy and can swing the bat. Doubt they'll do it, but it's certainly an idea that should at least be considered.

  14. Bill

    As an older (56) Yankee fan, I am taken back to 1965, when the team was destroyed by age and injury. The parallels are scary. Elston Howard went down with bone chips in his elbow and Roger Maris popped a hamstring, followed by a broken hamate bone in his right hand. Mickey Mantle was unable to recover from nagging injuries and Jim Bouton's arm fell off. Not to mention severe regression by Joe Pepitone and the end of Tony Kubek's career. The saving grace is that if indeed this is a 77 win team (as that one was), it is doubtful they will be mediocre for long, as there is some young talent in the pipeline and rebuilding through free agency is always an option. They'll never say it publicly, but it's entirely possible the Yanks will have to muddle through a horrid season and regroup for 2014.

    • Derpy

      The issue I see here is how entrenched the team is with bad contracts. ARod contract is a huge load, the Tex contract hurts, they are about to sign Cano and get hurt again by him. This team is spending more on bad contracts than the entire operating budget of other teams. D you think Arod and Tex are going to be 4war players, each, in 2016? I can't see that happening. Although I guess Alfonso Soriano managed 4 fWAR last year, but only 1.8 rWAR.

      • Ben

        Point taken, but teams are forced into these contracts. Some teams get lucky with health. The Tex contract is not comparable to Arod. Tex was signed in his age 29 season whereas Hank the Moron signed Arod to a 10 year deal when Arod was 33. Tex has been fine, he's just had bad luck with injuries.

        Point is, the Yankees can't secure elite talent because they're always picking near the bottom of the draft.

        • Derpy

          Picking low in the draft doesn't mean you have to sign multiple players to these enormous contracts. Especially guys who are old. I think the Yankees just have too many of these huge contracts. They have three guys signed through 2016 earning over 20 million, and they are about to add a forth. That is a lot. Too much. Especially since the soft salary cap is under 200mm. They are spending almost half their salary on dudes who may not even be playing well by that point. I don't mind the dollars per year, but they are giving out too many years to these guys. And they aren't alone, either. The dodgers and angels seem to be competing over who can sign the worst contracts.

  15. Hackensack Bulls

    They would never do it, but I’d love to see them play Jeter and his bum ankle at first base to start the season. Play Nunez every day at short and let Derek start the year off at a less demanding defensive position. It would also be good to get a look at life without the Captain at shortstop. I’d also bat him 3rd, with Gardner and Ichiro at the top of the order.

  16. uyf1950

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I know most everyone is really concerned about all these injuries especially this latest one by Tex. But let's keep in mind he's only expected to miss about the 1st month of the regular season. And unless all of us have short term memory loss it's not like Tex has lit up the offense the first 30 or even 60 days of the past few seasons. So please keep that in mind. As for Granderson being out about the same length of time. We all should realize that the likelihood of the Yankees having Granderson in 2014 is slim and none IF Hal sticks to his stated goal of getting to $189MM payroll for 2014. So what better opportunity can there be to see what one or two of the young guys can do then this April. Remember behind dark cloud there is a silver lining. That's just my opinion.

    • Agreed UYF but this is his wrist. Those things linger.

      • uyf1950

        True, I would only point out the every case is different and every athlete recovery is different. If my memory serves me. Pujols broke his wrist in 2011 in a collision and he came back and was very productive. I guess all I'm trying to say is as fans lets not always think the sky is falling. That's just my opinion.

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