The bad news just keeps on coming for the Yankees.
Derek Jeter hasn’t played yet this spring as he recovers from a broken ankle.
Alex Rodriguez (hip surgery) is likely out until June.
Curtis Granderson had his forearm broken in his first plate appearance of the spring and is sidelined until May.
Michael Pineda still hasn’t pitched for the Yankees and shoulder surgery should keep him out until at least the summer.
Phil Hughes is questionable for the start of the season with a bulging disc in his back.
Let’s add another big name to the list: Mark Teixeira is out 8-10 weeks with a strained wrist, according to the YES Network.
Teixeira hurt his wrist swinging off a tee while working out with Team USA for the World Baseball Classic. There was some thought Ryan Howard might replace him, but Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will instead (see story).
It is a major blow to the Yankees, who will be sapped of power even when Granderson and Teixeira return because of the nature of their injuries.
New York won’t just be asking a lot of Robinson Cano, it will be asking him to carry the entire offense on his back, especially in April.
Take a look at this lineup and let us know if you think these Yankees don’t have 2012 Phillies written all over them:
Derek Jeter (or Eduardo Nunez), SS
Robinson Cano, 2B
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Travis Hafner, DH
Juan Rivera, 1B
Brett Gardner, CF
Chris Stewart, C
Matt Diaz, LF
Let the schadenfreude commence.
Willie McGee back with the Cards
The Cardinals have added former NL MVP and World Series champ Willie McGee to their front office as a special assistant to general manager John Mozeliak. McGee’s focus will be minor-league development.
The 54-year-old won a World Series with St. Louis in 1982, and hit .353 in 1985 en route to MVP honors.
In 18 seasons, he hit .295 and won two batting titles.