T.R. Sullivan, of Texas.Rangers.MLB.com, reports Texas Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira (quad) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, June 9, with a strained left quadriceps. Teixeira had played in a club record 507 straight games.
Teixeira was having a very solid season with the Rangers so far. He hit .302 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI. He also has 41 runs scored and a .959 OPS. The two-time gold glove award winner also made only one error at first base.
Losing Teixeira is a big blow for the already struggling Rangers. Teixeira has had at least 33 home runs and 110 RBI in each of the last three seasons. Already without third baseman Hank Blalock, the Rangers will now have to rely heavily on designated hitter Sammy Sosa to provide home run power and run production in the middle of their lineup.
Teixeira's injury is something most of his fantasy owners probably didn't expect when they selected him on draft day. His consecutive games played streak was second among all active players. Owner's looking for a replacement should take a look at Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder/first baseman Xavier Nady, who is quietly having a very good season. Nady is batting .287 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI. Nady was available in just under 95 percent of fantasy leagues polled.
Another option at first base would be Washington Nationals 1B Dmitri Young. In his last 71 at-bats, Young is hitting .507 with three home runs, 19 RBI and a 1.249 OPS. For the entire season, Young is hitting .337 with six home runs, 33 RBI and a .919 OPS. He was available in just over 94 percent of leagues polled.
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