Mark Teixeira to undergo season-ending wrist surgery
The 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.”