Mark Teixeira to undergo season-ending wrist surgery

Mark TeixeiraThe Yankees have announced that the partially torn tendon sheath in Mark Teixeira’s right wrist has not adequately healed, and team doctors are recommending surgery. The procedure is believed to be season-ending.

Here is the complete statement from the Yankees:

“After a recent MRI with dye contrast was performed on Mark Teixeira’s right wrist, New York Yankees Team Physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad, along with Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser and two other New York-based hand specialists (Dr. Michelle Carlson from the Hospital for Special Surgery and Dr. Keith Raskin from NYU) confirmed that the sheath has not adequately healed.  Surgery has been recommended to repair the tear on the tendon sheath of his wrist.”

Teixeira spoke to the media here at Yankee Stadium this afternoon and was obviously disappointed by the news. He said that he has been told he will need four to five months of rehab and should be 100 percent after six months.

“It’s very tough, especially in a season where the team could probably use me,” Teixeira said. “We’ve had some really, really good teams the last few years and this year we have a great team, and I would love to be a part of this team. I really would’ve loved to be part of hopefully what’s a playoff run, but when you realize that it’s not going to happen it’s really difficult.

“The final point was this past Sunday when, after a week, the cortisone shot didn’t work. I usually respond very well to cortisone shots. I’ve had a dozen — more — in my career and have always responded pretty well. When it didn’t work and I wasn’t getting any better, I knew it was probably going to be bad news.”

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Two VERY bad decisions, Ibanez and Swisher.

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Notice Ibanez has 18 home runs? We gave up on him. Could certainly have used him as our regular DH this year. Management made a lot of bad decisions after last season and we ended up with the team we currently have. This kid Gonzales hasn’t looked very comfortable at the plate so far.

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Andy isn’t the pitcher he was. Has he pitched 1 year too long? Should he still be in the starting rotation? He is too hittable now and not the dominant pitcher he has been. With the offense or lack of it this team has if you give up 4 runs early it’s too big a hole to climb out of. Yankees have to put up at least 5 runs to hope to win a game.

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I had a feeling this is how the season would go considering this team has the oldest roster in the majors.

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Yeah good luck getting rid of Tex with his injury history and his huge contract. No one will touch an overpriced injury-prone player. Unfortunately, he is backed up by yet another injury prone old geezer in Overbay, this team is loaded with that type of player. Just what this team doesn’t need. Again, just shows a lack of talented hitters this team has in the minors.

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I think we’ve seen the best of Teixiera. He’s now in the sunset years of his career and with this injury and surgery he’ll never bounce back to what he was. A trade would probably be the best thing and let him start somewhere else but does he have a no trade clause and if does he may choose to stay with the Yankees regardless. It’s been an awful year for injuries. I guess that’s what happens when guys get old and have been swinging the bat violently for years. A weighted bat off the tee is ok for a young guy but for Tex to be doing that preparing for the world baseball tournament is stupid when it’s the Yankees paying his big salary. Anyway, it will be Overbay or picking up another experienced first baseman before the trade deadline. We still have a long way to go to the end of the season. Better to have Overbay as a platoon first baseman with a starting first baseman, who could also play another position, perhaps the outfield.

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Moving on, this is not a surprise to most on this blog. Only questions that need to be answered are will the Yankees try to fill the first baseman hole by the trade deadline or just have Overbay handle most of the chores? Secondly, do the Yankees part ways with Tex via trade and/or get another first baseman through FA next offseason?

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Great! Just what we needed! Anyway, good luck w/your surgery Tex.

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Not unexpected. Glad Overbay is still around.

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