AL BEast Notebook – March 6
Yankees are dropping faster than Brian Cashman out of an airplane.
Bad news continues to pile up for the Bombers. First baseman Mark Teixeira hurt his right wrist swinging in the batting cage on Tuesday and will miss at least two weeks.
Yes, he’s out of the World Baseball Classic, but the bigger news is that Tex won’t even be swinging a bat for practically the rest of Spring Training. Teixeira (approaching his mid-30’s and already in decline) is a perennial slow starter as it is, and now after missing much of last fall with a bad calf he adds a wrist injury into the mix, and takes away his preparation time for the season. He’s one of the two sluggers (with Cano) the Yankees are depending on heavily this year, and with all that has and is going on he is only getting more crucial.
Of course it’s always tough to replace Teixeira. But especially with Swisher and Chavez gone, the only real backup is Kevin Youkilis, who doesn’t even have a backup at third base....