NEW YORK (AP) — Since Mark Teixiera went on the disabled list April 5 with a strained right hamstring, the New York Yankees have cobbled together a platoon at first base.
Kelly Johnson made his 10th start at first this season for Wednesday's doubleheader opener against the Chicago Cubs. In the other two games after Teixeira's injury, catcher Francisco Cervelli started at first twice.
Coming into the season, neither had started at first — although Johnson had shifted there three times during games.
And when Cervelli strained his right hamstring in the fourth inning Sunday, Carlos Beltran took over for Cervelli at first against Boston. Beltran had made 1,970 big league starts in the outfield and not a single appearance at first base in a 17-year career.