Tuesday was not a very good day for the New York Yankees, and for general manager Brian Cashman.
First, they learned that first baseman Mark Teixeira—who missed the first two months of the season with a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist—would need another DL stint for ongoing wrist concerns.
Teixeira was hitting only .151 in 15 games, and Yankees coach Kevin Long said over the weekend that Teixeira's swing hasn't been right since he was activated from the DL.
Fortunately for the Yankees, an MRI revealed some inflammation in the wrist, but no new tearing in the tendon sheath itself. Teixeira was given a cortisone shot and won't be swinging a bat for several days.
It should be noted that Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista suffered a similar injury last year that required season-ending surgery. For Teixeira, that option certainly hasn't been ruled out at this point.
For third baseman Kevin Youkilis, the situation is a bit more serious. Youkilis returned from the disabled list on May 31 after missing a month with back problems. He too was placed back on the DL and will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a herniated disk.
Youkilis will be sidelined for a minimum of 10-12 weeks, meaning it would be late August/early September before he's ready to return. That's a best-case scenario at this point.
The issues now facing the Yankees are obvious—Alex Rodriguez is already on the DL and is out indefinitely while he recovers from hip surgery. Eduardo Nunez (strained oblique) was recently moved to the 60-day DL and isn't expected back until at least the All-Star break.
Oh yeah, and shortstop Derek Jeter likely won't be back until after the All-Star break as well.
All of the injuries have forced manager Joe Girardi to field a lineup that at times looked more like a Triple-A team.
And yet amazingly, the Yankees find themselves just four games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East. But with the recent news, that may not last long.
Is it now time for Cashman to start considering a major splash on the trade market?
With the trade deadline just six weeks away, trades are already on the minds of general managers across MLB. But for Cashman, the need is more for now, and not for the final two months of the season.
Here are a few options that Cashman can consider in order to make up for the rash of serious injuries.