Yankees place Mark Teixeira on 15-day DL with possible season-ending knee injury

(Al Bello/Getty)
(Al Bello/Getty)

Earlier today the Yankees placed Mark Teixeira on the 15-day DL with a “right knee articular cartilage tear,” the team announced. He left last night’s game with discomfort in the knee and went for an MRI. Brian Cashman told Chad Jennings that Teixeira may need season-ending surgery. From Jennings:

“The initial effort is going to try to be to treat it conservatively with rest, probably involving injections, and then see how he responds to that,” general manager Brian Cashman said in a phone call this morning. “… If that doesn’t work, then you’re looking at a surgical procedure. If that’s the case, then his season is probably done.”

Surgery could end not only Teixeira’s season, but also his Yankees career. His eight-year contract is up after the season, and while the team will need a backup plan for Greg Bird at first base next year, they could very well go in another direction. For now it seems the Yankees will be without Teixeira for an extended period of time. This doesn’t figure to be a 15-day stint on the DL.

To replace Teixeira on the roster, the Yankees have called up Chris Parmelee — not Nick Swisher — from Triple-A Scranton. Simply put, the team believes Parmelee is better able to help them than Swisher right now. Parmelee has been the more productive hitter with the RailRiders (131 wRC+ vs. 72 wRC+), he’s seven years younger, he’s healthier, and better able to play the outfield if necessary.

Cashman told Jennings the plan is to mix-and-match at first base for the time being. It makes sense to start Parmelee, a left-handed hitter, against righties. Rob Refsnyder or Austin Romine could get the call against lefties. Refsnyder replaced Teixeira at first last night — it was his first game action at the position at any level — and was fine, though he wasn’t tested with many plays.

Teixeira has not hit at all this season. He owns a .180/.271/.263 (48 wRC+) batting line and hasn’t looked anywhere close to snapping out of his slump. It’s been nearly two full months since he last hit a home run. It’s very possible Parmelee and whoever else will give the team more production at first base than Teixeira has this season. They won’t replace his defense though. Teixeira is still all-world with the glove.

Dustin Ackley, who had season-ending shoulder surgery yesterday, was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot for Parmelee. He’ll be with the Yankees tonight.

Saturday Links: Mateo, Reyes, Ticket Revenue, Nova

The present and future of the leadoff spot. (Presswire)
The present and future of the leadoff spot. (Presswire)

The Yankees and Orioles continue their three-game series with an always annoying Saturday night game today. Blargh. Hate those. Give me day baseball on the weekend. Anyway, check out these two recent Players’ Tribune posts from Jorge Posada and Carlos Beltran, then check out these links and notes as you wait for first pitch.

Yanks offered Mateo for Reyes?

According to Jon Heyman, last summer the Yankees were “willing to send” top shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo to the Rockies for Jose Reyes and cover half the $44M left on Reyes’ deal. This was right after Colorado picked up Reyes in the Troy Tulowitzki trade, before all the domestic violence stuff in the offseason. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the Yankees talked to the Rockies about Reyes.

This one doesn’t pass the sniff test at all. Mateo would be a Rockie right now if the Yankees were indeed willing to make that trade. The Rockies didn’t want Reyes — they took him in the trade as a way to offset some money — and they tried to flip him at the deadline and again in the offseason. Reyes has been in obvious decline for a few years now. You mean the tell me the Colorado turned down a top 100 prospect and a ton of cash for a player they didn’t even want in the first place? C’mon. I don’t buy this rumor at all.

Ticket revenue dropped again in 2015

The Yankees’ ticket and suite revenue dropped for the sixth straight year in 2015, reports Jim Baumbach. The team reported $276.9M in ticket revenue to bondholders last year, which includes $36.6M in postseason sales. (That includes ALDS and ALCS tickets that were sold in advance but we’re needed.) Ticket revenue was $396.9M in the first year of the new Yankee Stadium. Even though they’re down 30% in six years, the Yankees still generated more ticket revenue last year than they did in the final year of the old Yankee Stadium ($266.9M).

It’s no secret attendance is lower this year than it has been at any point since the new Stadium opened. We see it every night. (To be fair, the park does seem to fill up in the second and third innings as people get out of work, make their way up to the Bronx, and get through the metal detectors.) The Yankees are averaging 38,457 fans per game this season, down from 39,894 last year and 45,918 in 2009. At the same time, they still lead the AL in attendance this year and are fourth in MLB overall.

“There was a real identification with those players who were great players and won a lot of championships. They were big stars, big attractions. There’s no doubt about it. I think the fact that they all retired in a period of time had an impact,” said Randy Levine to Baumbach, referred to Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Jorge Posada. An attendance and ticket revenue drop was inevitable once those guys were gone. But the Yankees kinda suck now too, so it seems like things are going to get worse before they get better.

Nova being sued by landlord

It’s been a while since we had a good hard-partying Yankee story. According to Emily Saul, Ivan Nova is being sued by his former landlord for trashing his former White Plains home. The lawsuit alleges Nova and his wife lived in the house from 2014-15 and left the place “uninhabitable” due to “raucous partying.” They smashed lights, broke appliances, all sorts of stuff.

The landlord is suing Nova for more than $150,000 to recover damages and lost income. Ivan told Julie Kayzerman he is fighting the lawsuit because he didn’t live there during that time. He was in Tampa rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. “I haven’t done anything. People want to take advantage of opportunities, but you have to understand that I’m good and I had nothing to do with that and I’m going to fight it,” he said.

Yankees grab defeat from jaws of victory, fall 6-5 to O’s

Source: FanGraphs

You know what the worst thing about Friday’s come-from-ahead loss to the Orioles is? It’s that it doesn’t bother me. Usually a loss like that would make me feel annoyed, angry, frustrated, all sorts of things. Instead … nothing. I guess I’ve come to accept the Yankees being bad and am now numb to the brutal losses. Anyway, Friday’s final score was 6-5. Let’s recap with bullet points on this Friday night:

  • OMG Dingers!: For the first time this season, the Yankees hit 3+ home runs in a game away from Yankee Stadium. Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez went back-to-back in the fourth inning, then Austin Romine went deep in the fifth inning. The three homers accounted for four of the team’s five runs. (Beltran’s was a two-run shot.) The Yankees scored their fifth run when Chase Headley singled in Didi Gregorius in the sixth. That gave them what felt like a comfortable 5-2 lead.
  • Nate Loses It: Through the first five innings Nathan Eovaldi made only one mistake, and Chris Davis hit it about 500 feet for a solo homer. The O’s built a run in the second when noted pull hitters Mark Trumbo and Pedro Alvarez took outside pitches the other way. Go figure. Eovaldi was pitching well (again), but things unraveled in the sixth. Four of the first first batters of the inning reached base, the last of which was Matt Wieters, who singled in a pair to cut the deficit to 5-4. That ended Eovaldi’s night.
  • Bad Bullpen: The magic is starting to wear off Kirby Yates. He entered the game with two on and one out in the sixth, then allowed the game-tying run on a Jonathan Schoop double to left. Eovaldi was charged with five runs in 5.1 innings. With the score tied 5-5 in the seventh, in came Dellin Betances, who has been mortal in recent weeks. The O’s pushed across a run on a ground ball single, a flare single to left, and a soft ground ball along the third base line. Not exactly hammered, but still. That’s three straight games with a run for Dellin. He’s on pace for another 81 appearances. Maybe pitching ALL THE TIME is bad and his workload should be lightened?
  • Leftovers: The Yankees had ten hits, including two each by Brett Gardner, Gregorius, and Headley. Gardner also drew a walk. Even with his recent slump, he still leads the team with a .350 OBP … Mark Teixeira left the game in the third inning with a knee injury, forcing Rob Refsnyder to play first base for the first time. He wasn’t tested with anything particularly tough. My guess is we’ll see more of him there going forward … the Yankees have lost seven of their last ten games to drop their postseason odds to 13.3%.

Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Also check out our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages. The Yankees and Orioles will continue this series Saturday night (argh). Ivan Nova and Tyler Wright will be on the bump.

DotF: Judge snaps out of slump; Severino makes first AAA start

Got a bunch of notes to pass along:

  • SS Jorge Mateo, 3B Miguel Andujar, and OF Mark Payton have all been named to the High-A Florida State League All-Star Game. Congrats to them. Here are the North and South rosters. The All-Star Game is Saturday, June 18th. My guess is Mateo and Andujar will be promoted to Double-A Trenton immediately after the break.
  • Andujar placed 13th in this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. Also, he made Baseball America’s All-Prospect Team for May, which is pretty cool. He’s mashing with High-A, which is what you’re supposed to do when you repeat a level. I’m looking forward to seeing what he does in Trenton.
  • LHP Matt Tracy has been released, reports Matt Kardos. The move clears a Double-A roster spot for RHP Mark Montgomery, who was send down yesterday to clear a Triple-A spot for RHP Luis Severino. Tracy, a former 24th round pick, was up for a day with the Yankees last season and got that affordable health care for life. He’s left-handed and breathing, so I’m sure he’ll hook on somewhere else soon.
  • Every Friday around 5pm ET MLB announces minor league drug and PED suspensions. They announced seven today and five were Yankees. They’re all in the Dominican Summer League and I’ve heard of exactly zero of them: C Oliver Cedeno, LHP Jean Carlos De Jesu, RHP Arikson Ramirez, RHP Leyfer Ramirez, and RHP Jhostin Vargas.

Triple-A Scranton (10-3 win over Columbus)

  • DH Ben Gamel: 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI
  • LF Aaron Judge: 2-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB — big game to break out of an 0-for-24 (!) skid
  • RF Nick Swisher: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K
  • CF Jake Cave: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — he’s 23-for-78 (.295) with seven doubles, three triples, and two homers since being promoted
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Luis Severino: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1/5 GB/FB — 46 of 67 pitches were strikes (69%) … he was on a 70-pitch limit tonight … Donnie Collins says he got away with a few sliders up in the zone, which won’t happen at the big league level … Severino retired the first nine batters he faced before the wheels came off in the fourth, perhaps due to fatigue
  • RHP Anthony Swarzak: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4/1 GB/FB — 30 of 40 pitches were strikes

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Update: Mark Teixeira heading for MRI on right knee

(Patrick Smith/Getty)
(Patrick Smith/Getty)

8:50pm: Teixeira left the game with right knee discomfort, the Yankees announced. He’s heading for an MRI.

7:47pm: Mark Teixeira left tonight’s game with what looked to be a right knee injury. Nothing obvious happened on the field, but YES showed Teixeira grabbing his knee and talking to the trainer in the dugout during the third inning. The Yankees haven’t announced any sort of update yet.

The Yankees are already without Dustin Ackley (shoulder) and Greg Bird (shoulder), so their first base depth chart is mighty thin. Austin Romine is the backup first baseman by default right now, but with Brian McCann banged up, the team needs him behind the plate. Rob Refsnyder has been working out at first and he replaced Teixeira in the game.

Teixeira has not hit this season at all — he came into this game hitting .181/.273/.265 (49 wRC+) overall, and it’s been nearly two months since his last homer — so the Yankees aren’t going to miss his bat. They will miss his defense though. Teixeira is still a high-end defender at first base. Among the best in baseball. We see it game after game.

The Yankees have Nick Swisher and Chris Parmelee at Triple-A, and while Parmelee is out-hitting Swisher by a decent margin, my guess is the team would go with Swisher should Teixeira miss an extended period of time. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that. A healthy and productive Teixeira is the best thing for the Yankees.

Game 54: One-Third


Today is the game No. 54 for the Yankees and that means they’ve officially reached the one-third point of the season. Billy Beane likes to say the first third of the season is for evaluating, the second third is for making changes, and the final third is for riding out those changes. My evaluation of the Yankees one-third of the way through the season:

Lloyd Christmas

They’ve been pretty bad overall and horrendously so at times. Like, unwatchably bad. The pitching has been much better the last few weeks (much, much better) but the offense is a nightmare. It’s one thing to be bad, but the Yankees are bad and boring, at least offensively. Watching strikeouts and grounders into the shift gets real old real quick.

Anyway, the Yankees are now in Baltimore after their night in Detroit. They’re 9-15 against AL East teams this year and boy, that has to change in a hurry for the Yankees to get back into any sort of postseason race. Tonight would be a good night to start. Here is the O’s lineup and here is the Yanks’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. DH Alex Rodriguez
  5. 1B Mark Teixeira
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. SS Didi Gregorius
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. C Austin Romine
    RHP Nathan Eovaldi

It is warm and humid in Baltimore, and it was raining for part of the afternoon too. It’s supposed to stop in time for the game if it hasn’t already. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and the game will be broadcast on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Updates: Brian McCann is day-to-day with a hyper-extended left elbow. “I don’t think it will be too long,” said Joe Girardi. Ronald Torreyes is the backup catcher for the time being … Chasen Shreve (shoulder) played catch again today. He’s going to throw again tomorrow and increase the intensity … Dustin Ackley had his labrum surgery today.

2016 Draft: Latest mock drafts from MLB.com, Keith Law

The 2016 draft is less than one week away now. The three-day event begins next Thursday and runs through Saturday. I always liked it better when it ran from Monday to Wednesday. Following the draft on the Saturday seems weird. Oh well. It is what it is. Two new mock drafts were posted today, so let’s dive in.

MLB.com v3.0

In his latest mock draft, Jim Callis has the Phillies selecting Florida LHP A.J. Puk with the No. 1 pick. Puk’s had an up-and-down college career — he also missed time with back spasms this spring — but gosh, 6-foot-7 lefties with mid-90s gas and a knockout slider sure are hard to pass up. Callis has the Yankees taking Texas HS RHP Forrest Whitley with their first round pick, No. 18 overall. Here’s my write-up on Whitley.

Within the write-up Callis says there are “mixed signals” coming from the Yankees, with indications being they want either a high school arm or a college bat. Whitley, New York HS RHP Ian Anderson, California HS RHP Kevin Gowdy, Virginia C Matt Thaiss, and Wake Forest 3B Will Craig are on their radar, per Callis. Georgia HS OF Taylor Trammell is considered a dark horse. Here are my write-ups on Anderson, Gowdy, Craig, and Trammell. Haven’t done one for Thaiss yet.

Keith Law v3.0

Like Baseball America, Law has the Phillies taking Puk first overall in his latest mock draft (subs. req’d). Law has the Yankees selecting Anderson with their first round pick and mentions both Gowdy and Trammell as possibilities. He also throws a new name into the mix: Texas HS LHP Kyle Muller. Here is a piece of MLB.com’s free scouting report on Muller:

(He) added significant strength during the offseason, giving him a heater that now sits in the low 90s and climbs as high as 95 mph. His fastball features some sink and tail, and he uses his 6-foot-5 frame to create angle and plane that are difficult for hitters to handle … Muller’s curveball is inconsistent because his delivery can get a bit methodical, but it should give him a solid second offering. He also shows feel for a changeup with some fade and tumble that he’ll need to use more at the next level.

Muller already looks like a big leaguer at 6-foot-5 and 230 lbs., though that also means he doesn’t have much projection remaining. This isn’t a kid who is going to fill out over the next few years. Moreso than any other year in recent memory, things around the Yankees seem to be very up in the air. It sounds like they’re in on basically everyone. We’re going to be in for a surprise come Thursday. That’ll be fun.