Mark Teixeira, 1B, New York Yankees
The Yankees placed Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. Teixeira suffered a Grade 2 strain of his hamstring and even if the Yankees come back and advance to the World Series, Tex won’t be available. This is a big blow to the Yankees lineup for the remainder of the playoffs, with the only bright side being that he should be fine in time for spring training next season. In the interim, the Yankees plan to use Lance Berkman at first base and Berkman should be considered a solid play in all playoff formats.
Eduardo Nunez, 3B, New York Yankees
After losing Mark Teixeira for the rest of the postseason, the Yankees activated INF Eduardo Nunez. Nunez will not take the place of Tex at first base, as that job will be handed to Lance Berkman. Nunez will be used in late-game pinch-running situations and his value in any format is limited at best.
Matt Treanor, C, Texas Rangers
Treanor is catching game 5 of the ALCS against the Yankees on Wednesday. Although starter Bengie Molina was the hero last night with a 3-run homer, Treanor has served as C.J. Wilson’s personal catcher recently and will get the call today. Consider Treanor a sleeper candidate to get a couple base knocks off of left-hander CC Sabathia today.
Andres Torres, OF, San Francisco Giants
Coming off a very productive regular season, Torres is expected to bat leadoff in Game 4 of the NLCS today. Aaron Rowand started in center field while Edgar Renteria batted leadoff in game 3 against left-hander Cole Hamels on Tuesday. Torres is just 3-for-26 so far during the preseason but if the Giants plan on winning it all they will need their spark plug CF to pick it up. It would not be surprising to see Torres heat up very quickly and carry the Giants into the World Series.
Joe Blanton, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel confirmed that Joe Blanton will start Game 4 of the NLCS against the Giants on Wednesday as scheduled. With the Phillies being down 2-1 in the series some thought Manuel would go with Roy Halladay on short rest but he has decided to stick with Blanton and his 3.48 post All-Star break ERA. The Phillies need a big start out of Blanton in order to avoid a 3-1 deficit in the series. Blanton has pitched well in big games before so expect him to at least keep Philadelphia in the game.