Yankees lose another first baseman after Parmelee injury


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.

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9 Responses to Yankees lose another first baseman after Parmelee injury

  1. Robert Rufa says:

    Well I say bring Swisher up, give him a couple of weeks platooning with Ref, see how he does. If he's done, let him go. Maybe Parm will be fit by then.

  2. Celerino says:

    Yes, bring up Swisher. He's probably done, but it would be nice for him to get his last at bats in pinstripes.

  3. tom says:

    Play Beltran at 1B and bring up Gamel.. That does not require any move on 40 man.

    If Parmelee is out of season then bring in Swisher.

    Ah Cubs may interest in Chapman. Chapman vs Rizzo? LOL!

    • Rusty says:

      I've read that one doesn't ask thier regulars to change position in mid seaon like that. Also it was said that Beltran was very uncomfortable and expressed hatred while playing first when he was there for an emergency purpose last year. One would think to move McGann as he's willing, but he's too good with the pitching and they wouldn't want to move him. So they don't really have much options other than Ref.

      I say bring Swish up as well, even if he will stink up the place, as least it'll be a farewell to a beloved player and only a few weeks. Don't go out and hire a very disposable stop gap player who's supercheap which they'll surely release when someone's healthy enough to be put back on the team when you have Swisher that would do it for far less and the fans do want to see him than some scrub.

  4. Bob says:

    I keep seeing articles trashing Swish. He has a better average than A-Rod, with the added benefit of not being a prima donna that half walks/half jogs to first base when he gets a hit. Plus he's great for clubhouse morale, and the fans love him. BRING BACK SWISH!!!!

    • Rob says:

      4-5 weeks is still early for a Grade 2 Hamstring strain full recovery that A-Rod had May 3 or 4. You don't want to push it for obvious reasons, until 8 weeks, Need to build it up. I've had 2-3 hamstrings. You always feel tentative the 1st month that your back. A-Rod's only been back the since the last week in May about 2+ weeks

      • Rob says:

        I'm not against Nick Swisher. Great guy. But the managers on the scene at AAA say that Nick is on a downtrend. Nick's average has been dropping from above .300 early April to about .100's last few weeks. average about .238 for season

        ARod's average has been steadily increasing from about 170 when he went DL to 222 for season. Since he came back the at bats he's had, have been over .300 for about 50 AB's thta's he's had. A-Rod has been on an uptrend

    • Jerry says:

      Bob, you do realize Swisher is in the minors and can't get it done, and hasn't for several years. Whereas Arod is coming off a terrific year and in the majors. He's also on the upswing right now. I have faith he's going to still have a good year. Don't you think the Yankees would bring Swisher up if they thought he was ready. I love Swisher as much as the next guy but unfortunately he just may be done.

  5. hotdog says:

    I could see Swisher having a couple good games then fizzling out in a big way…i'd rather see Tyler Austin even though he just got promoted to AAA and has been in the system since 2010…

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