Well, that was fast. Mark Teixeira is hurt, again, and was placed on the DL this morning with torn cartilage in his knee. It comes as little surprise, considering Teixeira hasn't played over 125 games since 2011. Once thought to be Teixeira's replacement when this inevitably occurred, Greg Bird was lost for the season over the winter. Last night, Rob Refsnyder took over at first base when Tex left the game. But with Teixeira out for an extended period of time, the Yankees are scrambling to find a replacement.
A modest proposal: put Carlos Beltran at first. I know, Beltran has only played first base once in his career. But he was a gold-glove caliber fielder before age and his knees changed that. Maybe you don't put him there tonight, but in a week's time, Beltran should be able to handle the position.
Why Beltran, you ask? Here's why. For starters, it gets Beltran the hell out of the outfield where he no longer belongs. While first base is not quite DH, it certainly cuts down on the wear and tear of the outfield. That should allow Beltran to keep swinging a hot bat.
It also gives A-Rod the full-time DH role. While he has struggled, A-Rod remains one of the few sources of power in this anemic Yankee lineup. They'll need him to produce from that DH spot, especially with Teixeira now gone.
Lastly, it keeps Refsnyder in the lineup. Since his return, Refsnyder has played all over the diamond, but has looked good at the plate in a limited role.
I hear the names of Nick Swisher and Chris Parmalee being thrown around. Whoopee. Though Parmalee has been playing well of late and was called up to replace Teixeira on the roster, I don't see him as a long-term fix. Perhaps he'll hold down the fort until Beltran is comfortable enough to play first base.