TAMPA, Fla. — Mark Teixeira will be out at least until early May with a strained right wrist tendon, the latest major injury setback for the New York Yankees.
New York general manager Brian Cashman gave the news Wednesday after the Yankees’ were beat 8-2 by the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team on Wednesday.
“It’s a tough loss,” Cashman said.
Teixeira was hurt swinging a bat Tuesday in an indoor cage during pregame warmups with the U.S. WBC team. Initially, Teixeira was expected to be out eight to 10 days, but he was examined by Yankees doctors in New York on Wednesday and a prognosis of eight to 10 weeks was given.
Cashman does not seem inclined to move Kevin Youkilis from third to first. Youkilis was signed in December to fill in for third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who will be out until at least the All-Star break after left hip surgery in January.
Internal options at first include Dan Johnson. Cashman ruled out having designated hitter Travis Hafner playing in the field.
Royals’ Hosmer joins WBC roster
Eric Hosmer didn’t think twice when the opportunity came to join the United States national team for the World Baseball Classic as a replacement for injured Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira.
“I played for USA Baseball before (in a 2010 Pan American Games qualifier),” Hosmer said. “I’m all about the experience. Every time I go, it gets better and better.”