With Mark Teixeira sidelined and Kelly Johnson on the disabled list, the Yankees don’t have many options at first base. For now, the Yankees have Brian McCann as the first basemen, a plan they didn’t anticipate on having when the season began.
“He’s probably going to have to play there a good portion of the time,” Joe Girardi said.
The Yankees have considered Chase Headley, Francisco Cervelli and even Brendan Ryan but for now, the Yankees are without a true first basemen. Brian McCann is comfortable playing at first base but Teixeira’s injury causes uncertainty. Teixeira was supposed to be out of the lineup for three-to-four days and it’s already the third day.
“I think you see how he feels tomorrow, then you make a decision about what would be a target date,” Girardi said. “… I said we would examine him after three or four days to see where the pain is, then if the pain has subsided, maybe you take some next steps. You take some light swings in the cage, and you see. But if the pain hasn’t subsided, then you can’t get to Step Two.”
While the Yankees don’t know about Teixeira’s condition, they do know this: the roster spot currently taken by Chris Leroux is temporary and it’s just until the Yankees bullpen has recovered from their 14 inning marathon. So who will the Yankees call up?
“Could be an outfielder,” Girardi said. “Could be a first baseman.”
The person they call up could solely be based on Mark Teixeira’s condition going forward.
– After last night’s game, which pitchers are unavailable?
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