With first baseman Mark Teixeira joining the ever-growing list of injured New York Yankees sluggers, you can be sure that general manager Brian Cashman and his staff are scouring rosters with heightened urgency.

Good luck to them. Thirty-home run hitters are hard to come back any time of the year, especially in the spring. Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano probably is the best available and the Yankees downplayed interest in him after their previous significant injury, that being a broken forearm for center fielder Curtis Granderson.

Soriano doesn’t play first base but the Yankees still need to put in a call to the Cubs.

Or to the Detroit Tigers about outfielder Brennan Boesch. Or to the Miami Marlins about first baseman Casey Kotchman. Or to free agents such as Aubrey Huff, Jim Thome or Carlos Lee who, it should be noted, remain unemployed for a reason.