Today the New York Yankees placed starting first baseman Mark Teixeira on the 15 day disabled list. Teixeira suffered a strained right hamstring during the Yankees game Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays.
It has been reported that Tex will undergo an MRI on Monday when the team returns to New York for their first home game of the season.
Teixeira said he is “not super optimistic” about his hamstring, but hopes it feels better tomorrow. MRI on Monday in NYC.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 5, 2014
I would not be “super optimistic” about Teixeira returning in only 15 days with his injury history and that statement, but the team, and its fan base, should hope that he is back sooner rather than later.
It has also been reported that the Yankees will use Kelly Johnson at first base the majority of the time until Teixeira can return.
Teixeira has been an extremely productive player in his career, but in recent season he has had a hard time staying on the field to help the Yanks having played only 123 games in 2012 and a meager 15 games in 2014. The Yankees were hoping to have Tex healthy all season this year to help ease the loss of Robinson Cano from the Yankee lineup. He also is a tremendous defensive first baseman, arguably the best in the game, having won five gold glove awards in his career.
Teixeira averages 33 home runs and 119 RBI in his career per 162 games played as compared to Johnson who averages 19 homers and 68 RBI per 162 games played.