By Sweeny Murti
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“There is no contingency plan for your best players.” — Jon Daniels, Texas Rangers GM
Daniels was referring to his own team, a question posed to him about the Biogenesis scandal and possible suspension hanging over right fielder Nelson Cruz.
But those words could very easily be applied to the 2013 New York Yankees.
So far this season Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson have played a combined 23 games. The starting infield of Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have not played a single inning together, not even in spring training — and now, because of Teixeira’s season-ending wrist injury they might never play together ever again depending on recovery, free agency, etc.
This is not how the Yankees were supposed to go to battle, using 41 players in the first 77 games (none of them named Jeter or Rodriguez, yet), only 10 away from the team record and the trade deadline and September call-ups still miles away. Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis done for the year. Granderson and his back-to-back 40-HR seasons appearing in just eight games (with one home run). With utililty man Jayson Nix (who came to camp on a minor league contract to try and win a backup infield job) having started the most games for this team at both shortstop and third base nearly halfway through the season.