Thursday, November 14, 2013
Ted Lilly’s neck pain forced him off of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ roster and into the care of specialists this season. But even after a trying summer, the 37-year-old veteran of 15 MLB seasons is preparing to return to the MLB level by re-establishing his form in Venezuela.
Lilly visited a cervical spine specialist after dealing with neck pain and stiffness during a difficult season with the Dodgers. Those visits led to a procedure that cauterized the nerve endings on the right side of his neck. Though it’s not considered surgery, doctors used a large needle to burn the nerve endings on Lilly’s neck. So far it’s been working.
“That procedure has given him relief,” agent Larry O’Brien told sportsnet.ca.
Lilly, whose three-year $33 million contract expired this year, intends to pitch at the MLB level in 2014. The left-hander is currently pitching for the Navegantes del Magallanes in Venezuela to get some repetitions in and test his neck during the off-season.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
The hell with Teixeira’s meaningless .151/.270/.340 slash line…how are the Yankees ever going to replace his 12 RBI’s!? #francesspool
Up close, hitting coach Kevin Long harbored worry about his slugger. A staple of Teixeira’s pre-game routine involves hitting off a tee. When Teixeira attempted that practice left-handed, which places stress on the strained tendon sheath in his right wrist, he felt “discomfort,” Long said. His left-handed swing lacked “the whip and the bat speed that you see right-handed.” At times, Long said, Teixeira looked like a “shell” of himself.
“I don’t think that it’s been right since he’s been here,” Long said after a 6-2 loss to the Angels, his team’s fifth defeat in a row, a desultory afternoon turned alarming when Teixeira left the game midway through the fourth inning with what the team called an “aggravated right wrist.”
Teixeira exited the clubhouse before the game ended, bound for an appointment in New York with team doctor Chris Ahmad on Sunday. Back in March, when Teixeira first injured his wrist, Ahmad told general manager Brian Cashman there was a 30-percent chance Teixeira would need season-ending surgery if the strain failed to heal. For manager Joe Girardi, that threat never ceased, even after Teixeira returned from the disabled list on May 31.
“I’ve been concerned about it since he’s come back,” Girardi said. “Just because it was a tough injury, and you’re never sure if it’s going to hold up, or how it’s going to react.”
Added Long, “Today he had a couple of pitches where he was like ‘I should be able to crush those balls. But I’m not able to take my A-swing.’ We said at that point, you probably should come out of the game.
Posted: June 16, 2013 at 07:27 AM | 49 comment(s)
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