The Yankees used to pride themselves in their depth at first base, especially with the initial plan of Greg Bird taking over first base in 2017 from current first baseman Mark Teixeira. However, the Yankees suffered a crack in their amour when Bird’s season ended with a torn labrum. The injuries to the Yankees only got worse from there when Teixeira suffered an articular cartilage tear in his knee, Dustin Ackley tore his labrum and recently Chris Parmelee strained his hamstring.
The Yankees are down to one first baseman in Rob Refsnyder, but the only issue is Refsnyder isn’t a first baseman by design. With four injuries to first basemen this season, Joe Girardi appeared as stunned as everyone else, but he felt the Yankees could overcome their lack of first base depth.
“You don’t see this,” Girardi said after the Yankees 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels. “People ask about depth, you’re usually not four deep or five deep at first base … It’s hard, but we’ve got to find a way to overcome it.”
Parmelee’s injury occurred on the final out of the seventh inning when he stretched too far for a baseball thrown by Didi Gregorius. Parmelee was unable to get up under his own power and had to be helped off the field.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that happen before, so I was a little bit in shock when I saw it,” Girardi said.
While Refsnyder knew the Parmelee injury meant he was going to get more playing time, he was still upset that Parmelee’s shot at first base had been cut short.
“It’s terrible. Parm’s an incredible guy,” Refsnyder said. “He’s been playing really, really well. He’s been swinging it, finding his groove. I really feel for him.”
The Yankees will discuss potential options at first base, one that could include Nick Swisher. But don’t get too excited about a potential Swisher reunion; he’s currently hitting .238 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.