NEW YORK -- The Yankees' first-base search goes on, and not because Chris Parmelee didn't cut it as the latest to audition.Parmelee hit two home runs Wednesday and drove in another run Thursday, but by the end of the Yankees' 6-3 win over the Angels, he was headed to the
NEW YORK -- The Yankees' first-base search goes on, and not because Chris Parmelee didn't cut it as the latest to audition.
Parmelee hit two home runs Wednesday and drove in another run Thursday, but by the end of the Yankees' 6-3 win over the Angels, he was headed to the disabled list. Parmelee hurt his right hamstring stretching for a throw in the seventh inning, leaving the Yankees once again without a healthy true first baseman on their roster.
Regular first baseman Mark Teixeira is already on the disabled list with a cartilage tear in his right knee. Dustin Ackley, who started 10 games at first base, is on the DL with a separated right shoulder. Greg Bird, who would have been the first choice behind Teixeira, was lost for the season when he needed right labrum surgery this spring.
And now Parmelee, whose Yankees career was off to such a good start.
"You don't see this," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "People ask about depth. You're usually not four-deep at first base. It's hard, but we've got to find a way to overcome it."
The Yankees got past the Angels four times this week, improving to .500 on the season at 30-30. But after Thursday night's sweep-ending win, Girardi found himself again talking about who's going to be on first.
Rob Refsnyder has started there four times, and finished Thursday's game after Parmelee was hurt. But Refsnyder is a second baseman and outfielder who never played first base in the Minor Leagues.
The Yankees will almost certainly make a roster move before Friday's game against the Tigers. They could call up Tyler Austin, who was recently promoted from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and is hitting .364 for the RailRiders. Nick Swisher, who has primarily been a designated hitter in recent days, has also played first base at Scranton.
Girardi said playing Refsnyder regularly at first base would be one option.
"We're going to have to find out [if he can handle it]," Girardi said. "He's done a good job over there, the plays he's made."
The Parmelee injury hurts more because he was giving the Yankees production they haven't seen from their first basemen this season. Yankees first basemen drove in just three runs in 26 games from May 10 through this Tuesday.
Parmelee topped that in not even two full games. He followed up his two-homer game Wednesday with a fifth-inning single that brought home the first Yankees run Thursday night.
Two innings later, he was done. Shortstop Didi Gregorius fielded a ground ball from the Angels' Yunel Escobar, and made a throw that was headed to the right-field side of the first-base bag. Parmelee stretched far to make the catch, but as he caught the ball, he grabbed his right leg in pain.
He stayed down, and had to be helped off the field by Girardi and a member of the Yankees' athletic training staff.
"As a teammate, you feel bad," right fielder Carlos Beltran said. "He's just trying to make the play. He made the play, but ended up getting hurt."
So the Yankees won a game, but lost another player, another first baseman.
Their search goes on.
Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Yankees on Thursday.