The Yankees have officially placed Mark Teixeira on the DL. This coming after he left last night's game with a strained hamstring, and before he's even had an MRI. Austin Romine has been called up to be a backup catcher, with Girardi saying that will give them some freedom to move Francisco Cervelli around, and possibly even use him to play first base. Cervelli hasn't ever played first base, according to Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference, so that's interesting.
Bringing up another catcher allows Girardi to DH McCann and potentially use Cervelli at 1b... For now Johnson is the everyday 1B #Yankees— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) April 5, 2014
Girardi also added that he does not see McCann playing any 1B ... Soriano not an option either ... Solarte could see some reps #Yankees— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) April 5, 2014
According to Bryan Hoch, Yangervis Solarte and Dean Anna could also possibly see time at first base. Anna has four career minor league games at first base (none since 2011), and Solarte played there once in 2012. Tex said that he doesn't think it's as bad as it was when he strained his hamstring during the 2010 playoffs. It sounds like we'll have to wait until after the MRI Monday to find out how bad it is and when he'll be expected to return.