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The Yankees are bracing for the possibility of more bad news for injured first baseman Mark Teixeira, who was sent to have his right wrist evaluated by team doctors on Tuesday and could be facing season-ending surgery.
Teixeira has not responded well to a cortisone injection that was administered on June 16 to alleviate inflammation in his wrist, which has limited him to just 15 games this season.
“He’s not doing anything. He’s seeing the doctors today and we’ll go from there,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I’m concerned. I said before that it’s tricky; what he had was a tricky injury. I’m concerned about it.”
After missing the first two months of the season, Teixeira returned to the Yankees’ lineup on May 31, batting .151 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 15 games. Teixeira, a switch-hitter, has said that the injury affects him most from the left side of the plate.
“It’s tough not having him, but we were able to win the first month without him,” Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said. “When we don’t have him, our goal is still to go out there and win.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on Monday that he is “leaning toward” placing Mark Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right wrist.
Teixeira had a cortisone injection in his wrist after removing himself from Saturday’s game against the Angels in Anaheim and, according to the Yankees, would not be available to play for at least seven days.
Lyle Overbay is expected to return to his role as the Yankees’ starting first baseman with Teixeira likely heading for the shelf. The 30 percent chance of season-ending surgery that the Yankees talked about this spring is still very much in play; if it turns out Teixeira can’t return, or would only return as a diminished player, Cashman said that his preference would be for Teixeira to have the surgery.
“Like before the season started, when this injury hit, he’ll either get through it or he’ll have to have surgery,” Cashman said. “The MRI showed no new tear, it’s not a re-injury there; it’s inflammation of the tendon. But is this something that’s a recurring theme because of the previous injury that’s going to prevent him from being all he can be? If that’s the case, he’ll have to have surgery.”
On Kevin Long’s comments in Anaheim that Teixeira never seemed quite right and was unable to perform his left-handed tee work, Cashman said that he was caught off guard because Long had not voiced that opinion in the Yankees’ clubhouse.
“It’s alarming in the fact that K-Long would say that to a group of reporters, but he never said [anything about] that prior,” Cashman said. “… If K-Long said that, he’s a monk because he kept his mouth shut the whole time.”
In other assorted updates:
- Michael Pineda’s next rehab start will come on Thursday for Class-A Tampa. Cashman said that the reports on Pineda have been encouraging; he is sitting around 92 mph with his fastball and has maxed out around 94-95 mph.
- There is no update yet on Kevin Youkilis, as the Yankees are waiting for the results of his doctor’s visit. While disappointed by Youkilis’ injury problems, Cashman said that the Yankees had no second thoughts about signing Youkilis to a one-year, $12 million deal because he passed all of his medical exams. The White Sox, Cashman said, also had offered Youkilis a two-year deal, which gave the Yankees comfort.
- Various updates from Tampa, where Eduardo Nunez did tee and toss, long toss, and took 30 ground balls on the dirt to both sides with throws. He could return before the All-Star break.
- Curtis Granderson did long toss today and is due to have the pin in his hand taken out on Thursday.
- Francisco Cervelli did long toss and receiving drills today. He’s about a week from advancing to underwater swinging and could rejoin the big league team in mid-July.
- Derek Jeter did tee and toss, with 15 cage BP swings, long toss, and took 20 ground balls on the dirt with movement to the side and throws to first base today.
- Alex Rodriguez did a toss & net drill on the field: Three rounds of batting practice on the field, two rounds of “super BP” – up close hitting — and some long toss, ground balls to both sides. He ended with three slow rollers. Tomorrow he’s advancing to simulated at-bats off live pitching.
A few quick updates to share from the Yankees clubhouse as they prepare for tonight’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field:
- Kevin Youkilis is still having treatment on his sore back and is not expected to play until Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Joe Girardi said they won’t ask Youkilis to come to the bench during tonight’s game so he can keep receiving treatment, but Youkilis’ back is supposedly getting better. He did not appear in the clubhouse this afternoon. The Yankees are again playing Jayson Nix at third base and Lyle Overbay at first base against left-hander David Price.
- Mark Teixeira is still taking only dry swings, and said that his right wrist hasn’t loosened up enough to permit him to move on to batting practice. Teixeira said he feels like the wrist is healed, but acknowledges he won’t make it back for May 1st. Teixeira’s initial time frame of the injury was eight to 10 weeks, so May 1st would’ve been about the earliest possible date, but Teixeira still believes he is on track to play in the big leagues during the month of May.
- Ben Francisco has struggled in his role as the DH against left-handed pitching, but Girardi said that he will stick with him, saying that he believes “Francisco has hit some balls pretty decent.” That said, Girardi acknowledges how much the lineup misses guys like Derek Jeter and Teixeira against lefties.
- Brennan Boesch is likely to be in tomorrow’s lineup as Girardi plans to give Vernon Wells a day off.
- Jeter is expected to rejoin the Yankees on Thursday in New York and will talk to the media at Yankee Stadium. Girardi said that he believes Jeter has been fitted for a walking boot on his left ankle again.
Mark Teixeira returned to Yankees camp on Sunday morning and clarified that the injury he suffered this spring was to his right tendon sheath, which is a similar injury to the one that the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista had last season.
There had been some confusion because even though GM Brian Cashman said Teixeira and Bautista had similar injuries, the Yankees also said Teixeira’s injury was to the tendon, not the tendon sheath. In any event, Bautista rushed back from the injury and needed surgery, which is a mistake that Teixeira does not intend to repeat.
Teixeira said that while he’d love to be back in the eight to 10 weeks outlined by the Yankees, he also does not want to have a setback like Bautista’s, having learned a lesson from his own nagging calf injury last season. For the first time, Teixeira raised the possibility that he might miss all of May because of the wrist injury.
“This is one of those things I can’t come back too early,” Teixeira said. “We saw when I tried to play too early last year what happened. This is unfortunately, if I try to play too early, we could miss the whole season and we don’t want that. I don’t know if it’s going to be middle of May, end of May, beginning of June. I don’t know when it is, but I know that there’s a whole bunch of season left and the time that really matters is the playoffs.
“We have a great team, we have guys that are going to be able to pick me up when I’m gone. We have guys that can pick Curtis [Granderson] up when he’s gone. I think Curtis and I will be back around the same time and that’ll be a big boost to the club.”
You might have missed it in the avalanche of Super Bowl preview coverage, but Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal turned in a terrific story with Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, one in which Teixeira spoke candidly about his future and the relentless demands of living up to an eight-year, $180 million contract.
You don’t hear this unvarnished brand of speech too often from professional athletes, but Teixeira provided a very honest assessment of where he stands, and he hasn’t shied away. At last night’s Yankees charity event in Times Square, Teixeira even took a moment on stage to laud Barbarisi’s work to the audience.
In short, Teixeira acknowledges that there isn’t much he can do on the field that will make a $22.5 million annual salary seem like it makes sense.
“I have no problem with anybody in New York, any fan, saying you’re overpaid. Because I am,” Teixeira said. “We all are.”
“Agents are probably going to hate me for saying it,” he continued. “You’re not very valuable when you’re making $20 million. When you’re Mike Trout, making the minimum, you are crazy valuable. My first six years, before I was a free agent, I was very valuable. But there’s nothing you can do that can justify a $20 million contract.”
As he approaches age 33, Teixeira seems to have come to terms with the realization that his production levels are not going to magically improve as time goes on. He said that he’s on the backside of his career and doesn’t want to play 10 more years; he just wants five or six good ones.
“I looked at the first six or seven years of my career, I was in my 20s, it was easy,” Teixeira said. “I wasn’t searching for the right formula. To think that I’m going to get remarkably better, as I get older and breaking down a little bit more, it’s not going to happen … Maybe I’m slowing down a tick. Look, I’m not going to play forever. Eventually you start, I don’t want to say declining, but it gets harder and harder to put up 30 [homers] and 100 [RBI],” Teixeira said.
In the face of a sinking batting average, Teixeira seems to have decided that he must focus on those proud, round numbers – 30 and 100 – and play to the in-house advantages provided by Yankee Stadium. That is, he should embrace the short porch, forget about hitting against whatever defensive shifts teams employ and focus on impacting the baseball with authority.
“You can’t make everybody happy no matter what. I need to concentrate on what I do well. And what I do well is hitting home runs, driving in a lot of runs, and playing great defense,” Teixeira said.