While the Yankees are believed to have reached out to free-agent 1B/DH Kendrys Morales, they also are thought to be awaiting the results of Mark Teixeira's medical re-evaluation before making a big play for Morales, who's expected to sign shortly after the MLB Draft begins Thursday.

It's only prudent to first see what's happening with Teixeira even though Teixeira himself said a couple days ago he's "back to square one" with his inflamed right wrist, a bad sign indeed. Anyway, it's only a one-day wait before the doctor sees Teixeira, and Morales won't be signing with anyone until after the draft since the draft-pick compensation is removed as of draft day.

But regardless of what the Yankees hear Tuesday about their ailing first baseman, they should make a play for Morales, who also may draw interest from at least the Brewers, Mariners and Rangers.

Teixeira has hit well this year, maybe his best start in years for the perennial slow starter, but realistically, there has to be medical concern over a player who missed virtually all of last season after a swing on a tee in the WBC warmups. And now the recurrence.

If Teixeira is out awhile, the Yankees don't have suitable first-base replacements, which led to free-agent catcher Brian McCann getting his first career start at first base recently. That's something you want to avoid, if at all possible.

While some other teams view Morales as more of a DH type, the Yankees, it is said, have a decent report of Morales as a first baseman.

Beyond the worry over Teixeira, there should be almost as much concern about Carlos Beltran, who has had two straight positive days hitting tossed balls after saying he felt intense pain in his right elbow and ruminating about whether he would need it to be surgically repaired.