The Yankees found out Wednesday that Mark Teixeira would miss eight to 10 weeks with a strained tendon in his right wrist.
TAMPA, Fla. — Brian Cashman sat in a wheelchair in the middle of the New York Yankees clubhouse calmly discussing the news of the day.
The symbolism couldn’t be ignored.
Wednesday afternoon brought more bad news for Team Triage as the Yankees found out Mark Teixeira would miss eight to 10 weeks with a strained tendon in his right wrist.
“It’s a tough loss,” Cashman said. “Like all these ones.”
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The injury left the organization desperately assessing their first-base options.
Kevin Youkilis makes the most sense, but manager Joe Girardi and Cashman, while not completely ruling out putting the former Gold Glove winner at first, said doing so would create a potentially bigger hole at third. Youkilis was signed in the offseason as Alex Rodriguez’s replacement.
Options from within include nonroster invitees Juan Rivera and Dan Johnson, though Cashman said he didn’t see Rivera, already competing for the outfield spot created by Curtis Granderson’s absence, as anything but an outfielder. Travis Hafner, signed to be a DH, will remain that, having not played in the field since 2007.
“We have three or more weeks to go with what we have here, as well as evaluate what’s elsewhere,” said Cashman, in a wheelchair after suffering a broken right leg and dislocated right ankle in a parachuting accident Monday.
Teixeira injured himself hitting off a tee in Glendale, Ariz., with Team USA. Cashman said Teixeira will rest for four weeks before beginning rehabilitation.
Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer agreed to join Team USA as Teixeira’s replacement.
Figgins hitless but hopeful
JUPITER, Fla. — Chone Figgins, 35, is trying to revive his career with the Miami Marlins. The 12th-year veteran is a .277 career hitter with 337 stolen bases, but he batted under .200 each of the past two seasons with the Mariners. The Marlins might represent his last opportunity to stay in the big leagues.
He’s off to a slow start in spring training, going 0 for 9 in his first four games. But he’s confident he can still hit and figures his versatility afield coming off the bench makes him especially valuable to a National League team.
Until this year, he spent his entire career in the American League.
“In the AL you’re limited,” he said. “They don’t pinch-hit much, and if they do, it’s usually somebody who might hit a homer.”
• In Fort Myers, Fla., Jon Lester pitched four solid innings and gave up one run in Boston’s 9-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lester, projected to start for the Red Sox on opening day, allowed two hits and three walks.
• In Glendale, Ariz., Andre Ethier hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Dee Gordon a two-run double in the second, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 10-2 victory over Mexico.
• In Tempe, Ariz., Jered Weaver struck out five in three innings and top prospect Kaleb Cowart drove in three runs as the L.A. Angels beat Italy 12-6. Weaver allowed one run.
• In Surprise, Ariz., Lance Berkman hit his first home run of spring training, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2. Pitcher Derek Lowe, 39, and Texas reached agreement on a minor-league deal.