New York Yankees News: Mark Teixeira Headed to the DL


The New York Yankees just announced the dreaded news that we’ve all been waiting for. New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was placed on the 15-day disabled list with his lingering bone bruise;

The Yankees used his vacant roster spot to recall right-handed relief pitcher Nick Rumbelow from Scranton.

Despite the fact that Teixeira is retroactive to September 27th, there’s still a chance that we might not see him for the remainder of the season. After all, Tex would have placed on the DL earlier if the Yankees didn’t have to travel down to Atlanta for an inter-league matchup against the Braves at the end of the August. Also, just last week GM Brian Cashman said there’s currently ‘no timetable’ on the return of his injured first basemen.

With rumblings starting to surface that the Yankees are looking to platoon a bench player over at first base with 22-year old prospect Gregory Bird, it’ll be interesting to see what the Yankees do. Bird is struggling off right-handed pitchers, batting just .212 compared to his .455 batting average off lefties.

There are certainly plenty of options. Earlier this week the Yankees were talking about putting Alex Rodriguez back at first or even shifting Chase Headley across the diamond. Brendan Ryan can slot in at first or maybe Dustin Ackley will finally see some playing time as a Yankee against right-handed pitching.

Or maybe the Yankees will just let 22-year old prospect Greg Bird play out the season in first base, where he actually belongs.

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