As noted earlier today, Mark Teixeira is out of the WBC with a strained right wrist, suffered before yesterday’s game versus the White Sox. Manager Joe Torre opted to plug super utility guy Ben Zobrist in a first base, a testament to Zobrist’s versatility.
But the team probably needs a “real” starting first baseman so Zobrist might ply his diverse trade around the rest of the diamond, giving days off and keeping Willie Bloomquist anchored to the bench. While big names like Prince Fielder and Ryan Howard are out there, it seems Team USA prefers an Arizona-based player, tipping Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals to don the red, white and blue.
In the ninth inning of Saturday’s game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira stepped up to the plate with his team down by a run and runners on first and third with one out. Teixeira rattled a ground ball to second base and in the hope of avoiding a double-play and earning a game-tying RBI, dove into first base. Despite clearly being safe, first base umpire Jerry Meals called him out and the Yankees lost the game.
Unfortunately for New York, that wasn’t the only thing lost, as the Yankees will now be without their first baseman for the next 10-14 days after an MRI revealed he that Teixeira irritated his previously injured calf muscle while running and diving into first base. Many in the Yankees organization feared the slugger would miss the remainder of the season with the injury, one that Teixeira himself admitted he rushed back from too soon.
Jerry Meals looked at the MRI and called Tex out for the year. — Bloggie McBlogger (@yagottagotomo) September 10, 2012
Josh Beckett, Pirates sadness, Felix is great (he beat the Twins, not the Clevelands as I incorrectly state during the show), Dustin Parkes makes a BOLD statement which sends the show crashing to a halt, and the weird and wonderful world of Mark Teixeira’s shifts – all today on the Getting Blanked show! Any show that starts with praise for Darren Oliver is probably going to be a good one.