New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira plans to return very shortly after a devastating cartilage tear in his right knee.
Not only was he slashing .180/.271/.263 with zero home runs since April 13 but he landed on the 15-day disabled list with a cartilage tear in his right knee.
The injury has crippled great athletes in the past and although this is just as serious, Teixeira plans to play rehab games in Trenton starting on Tuesday with the hopes of rejoing the big league squad next Friday when the Minnesota Twins come to the Bronx.
There are many reasons why the Yankees need Teixeira back at first. For starters, his defense hadn’t dissapeared despite the fact that he left his hitting shoes at home on a nightly basis.
And while a .180 hitter who hasn’t homered in over two months won’t be a sure fix of a lineup that ranks near the bottom of the league in runs scored per game, but it beats an out-of-position utility man (Rob Refsnyder) and a man who hasn’t been valuable since 2012 (Ike Davis).
If the Teixeira of old returns and starts hitting like the All-Star he was a year ago, he could spark an offense to new heights just like he did in 2015. Although not guranteed, he is a better option then anyone else right now.