Shortly after seemingly establishing himself as the New York Yankees' starting first baseman, Chris Parmelee suffered a right hamstring injury in Thursday's win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
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Girardi Comments on Parmelee's Injury
Friday, June 10
Following the contest, manager Joe Girardi said he would be "completely shocked" if Parmelee didn't require a stint on the disabled list, according to Howie Kussoy of the New York Post.
The 28-year-old journeyman was thrust into action after a trio of Yankees first basemen in Mark Teixeira, Dustin Ackley and Greg Bird landed on the DL.
In six games with the team, Parmelee hit .500 with two home runs and four RBI.
Per Kussoy, Girardi lamented the bad luck the Bronx Bombers have had at first base so far this season: "You don't see this. People ask about depth, you're usually not four deep or five deep at first base. ... It's hard, but we've got to find a way to overcome it."
With Parmelee on the shelf, 25-year-old utility man Rob Refsnyder is likely to see the bulk of the playing time at first. He is hitting .208 with no home runs and five RBI in 11 games of action and has made some appearances at first base despite naturally being a second baseman.
New York's win Thursday allowed it to return to .500 at 30-30, and it trails the Baltimore Orioles by 6.5 games in the AL East.
Parmelee's career profile suggests he wasn't likely to continue hitting at the clip he did in his first few games with the Yanks, but he finally seemed to stabilize a position that had been an issue for the team, and his absence leaves them with few options.
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