Mark Teixeira Out 8-10 Weeks with Wrist Injury
Stop me if you've heard this before. The Yankees lose a star slugger to an injury that will keep him out for a few months. It started with Alex Rodriguez, out for most of the season with hip surgery. Then Curtis Granderson breaks his forearm keeping him out 2-3 months. And now, All-Star 1B Mark Teixeira hurts his wrist and will be out 2-3 months. Not to mention, the Yankees will be leaning heavily on Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera next season, both of whom are returning from their own injuries.
The Yankees will employ that next man up mentality that has made them the unquestioned model franchise in all of sports. It could be Dan Johnson who'll have to man 1B while Teixeira is out. It could be newly acquired Juan Rivera. It could also be a free agent that the Yankees sign in the next few days. But there is a sense of uncertainty in Yankees camp that hasn't been seen for some time.
Fans will implore the Yankees to play small ball. The bleacher creatures will succumb to cheering for sacrifice bunts and sac flys. Runs may be at a premium or the Yankees this year, and with news of Phil Hughes possibly starting the season on the DL, New York's pitching may be a question.
Of course, the Yankees can't replace the production of Teixeira, Granderson, A-Rod, or any of those starters on the team. Only time will tell whether the Yankees can play up to the Yankees way, or whether they'll falter without their stars.