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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mark Teixeira expects wrist tightness to be a concern until at least June & possibly all season

It’s a trapezium!

The first injury concerns of 2014 crept in with the news that first baseman Mark Teixeira was expected to miss the first week of spring training games after his wrist surgery in 2013. For everyone who knows that wrist injuries linger for a long time and cause problems well after they are supposed to be healed, this was concerning news. The Yankees’ roster was completely decimated by injuries in 2013 and they can’t afford to go down that path again.

Teixeira himself did nothing to put those worries in the background in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Barbarisi. The wrist tightness Teixeira feels even months after the surgery is something he expects to last until at least June and maybe even all season. After eight months of healing the pain is gone, but who knows what impact that tightness will have on Teixeira’s swing? Both David Ortiz and Jose Bautista suffered the same injury to the ECU tendon that Teixeira did, and both of them suffered through diminished power numbers upon their return. Bautista did manage to hit 28 home runs in the season following surgery on his ECU tendon, but he was still not the power hitter he’d been in previous seasons.

An injured Teixeira might be better than anything the Yankees can put on the field in his place, but the first baseman had already exhibited signs of breaking down. He was far from the hitter the Yankees signed him as before the 2009 season even before the injury to Teixeira’s wrist.

Repoz Posted: January 29, 2014 at 09:26 PM | 37 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. madvillain Posted: January 29, 2014 at 09:58 PM (#4648371)
The Yankees’ roster was completely decimated by injuries in 2013 and they can’t afford to go down that path again.


Well they've gotten drastically younger and have brought in players known for their durability like Ellsbury and MaCann so they should be OK.
   2. Jim Wisinski Posted: January 29, 2014 at 10:15 PM (#4648377)
So we have confirmed that 1/4 of the Yankee infield is definitely going to be crap instead of it merely being likely.
   3. Panned Handle Posted: January 29, 2014 at 11:20 PM (#4648409)
So we have confirmed that 1/4 of the Yankee infield is definitely going to be crap instead of it merely being likely.

Your faith in Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson, albeit decidedly tempered, fascinates me.
   4. zonk Posted: January 29, 2014 at 11:29 PM (#4648415)
So we have confirmed that 1/4 of the Yankee infield is definitely going to be crap instead of it merely being likely.


That sounds backwards to me... in fact, exactly which part of the Yankee IF won't be crap?
   5. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 11:35 PM (#4648416)
The wrist still isn't right? At this point and especially given his age, I'm beset by a creeping suspicion Teixeira is just about finished.
   6. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 11:35 PM (#4648417)
Celerino Sanchez
   7. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: January 29, 2014 at 11:43 PM (#4648419)
"KEEP THE FAITH, BABY"

----Adam Clayton Powell Nick Johnson
   8. PreservedFish Posted: January 29, 2014 at 11:43 PM (#4648420)
Who is the best player on the Yankees infield? Seriously.
   9. villageidiom Posted: January 29, 2014 at 11:45 PM (#4648421)
Who is the best player on the Yankees infield? Seriously.
Who's pitching?
   10. Jim Wisinski Posted: January 30, 2014 at 12:27 AM (#4648433)
That sounds backwards to me... in fact, exactly which part of the Yankee IF won't be crap?


Probably none of it! But you could say that Teixeira could come back well from injury and hold steady against decline, Jeter could do the same with a full offseason to rest, Johnson is quite capable of being a 2 WAR player, and maybe Roberts and whoever they get to back him up can be decent. So that's why I said that it's likely the entire infield will be crap, there was a possibility of at least decency everywhere if things went right. Now we know for sure that for one position things definitely won't be going right.
   11. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: January 30, 2014 at 12:33 AM (#4648435)
Who is the best player on the Yankees infield? Seriously.


Is Lyle Overbay still there?
   12. Chris Fluit Posted: January 30, 2014 at 12:43 AM (#4648440)
Nope. He signed a minor league deal with Milwaukee.
   13. PreservedFish Posted: January 30, 2014 at 12:59 AM (#4648446)
My buddy was telling me that Yankees fans are clamoring for Dean Anna ... who is a 27 year old prospect that the Padres allowed to leave for nothing or close to nothing because he wasn't worth a spot on the 40-man roster.

Maybe he's the best!
   14. ptodd Posted: January 30, 2014 at 01:09 AM (#4648450)
My buddy was telling me that Yankees fans are clamoring for Dean Anna ... who is a 27 year old prospect that the Padres allowed to leave for nothing or close to nothing because he wasn't worth a spot on the 40-man roster.

Maybe he's the best!


That 420 OBP and 70+ steals in AAA, albeit the PCL sure look good though. Actually, many Yankee fans would like to see them sign Drew to play 3B and have Johnson at 2B until Jeter goes out on the DL or his UZR breaks negative 100
   15. ptodd Posted: January 30, 2014 at 01:12 AM (#4648454)
If the Yankees trade Gardner and move Soriano to LF they could sign Morales for DH and he could backup for Tex. Morales would probably consider a 1 yr deal for the chance to hit in that park.
   16. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 30, 2014 at 01:22 AM (#4648459)
You can't really judge the Yankees 2014 chances without revisiting how devastating the injuries were in 2013. It wasn't just starters, many of the back-ups were also plagued by injuries (and/or sucked), resulting in players who were the 3rd or 4th option (or higher) receiving a lot of playing time. Going by OPS, the Yankees were last in the league at 1st base, last at 3rd base, last at right field, and next to last at shortstop and left field. AND STILL WON 85 GAMES. There is every reason to believe that even a one-armed Teixeira can improve on the Yanks 2013 performance, and the same can be said for the other positions listed. You gotta believe!
   17. Chris Fluit Posted: January 30, 2014 at 01:38 AM (#4648461)
You can't really judge the Yankees 2014 chances without noting that they outperformed their Pythagorean record by 6 games in 2013. all things being equal, they were a 79 win team in 2013, even though they lucked into 85 wins. You have to expect some regression in luck even if they otherwise improve in staying healthy. You gotta be realistic!
   18. PreservedFish Posted: January 30, 2014 at 02:17 AM (#4648466)
Going by OPS, the Yankees were last in the league at 1st base, last at 3rd base, last at right field, and next to last at shortstop and left field. AND STILL WON 85 GAMES.

That is impressive. They've also lost a number of their best players.
   19. Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric Posted: January 30, 2014 at 02:30 AM (#4648467)
If the Yankees outfield is healthy, it will be very good. Four productive players, with a mixture of both speed and power. I think the Angels' outfield could be surprisingly great, if Hamilton bounces back and Calhoun is for real. Finding a team with quality players at all three positions is pretty difficult. Hey, there's the Brewers, with Davis-Gomez-Braun. That could be pretty damn good.
   20. PreservedFish Posted: January 30, 2014 at 02:44 AM (#4648470)
Cespedes-Crisp-Reddick is strong. And Gentry is a dynamite 4th.
   21. Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric Posted: January 30, 2014 at 03:30 AM (#4648472)
Loved the Gentry move. If nothing else that is also an incredible defensive outfield. Cespedes and Reddick should be interesting to track.
   22. TRBMB Posted: January 30, 2014 at 09:01 AM (#4648490)
Do not fear Yankee followers, the team's brilliant GM, Brian CASHman, will move aggressively as he always does and execute his primary, and only, skill, cash distribution, to address any team weakness, wrist or other. As long as there is available CASH, the CASHman will step up. If the team should have any CASH constraints, then CASHman will be out of luck and the team doomed.
   23. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: January 30, 2014 at 09:17 AM (#4648497)
Prediction Time!

How many players will play 135 or more games for the 2014 Yankees?

The over/under is 2.5.

I take the under (I think Gardner will, and they'll use McCann at DH and 1B enough to get him to 140, as well...)
   24. Rants Mulliniks Posted: January 30, 2014 at 09:25 AM (#4648500)
I was shocked to learn that Soriano is going to take home $18M for his services in 2014......that was a loooong contract.
   25. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: January 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM (#4648529)
Even if everyone is healthy, the Yankees realistically can't expect more than this:
Ellsbury -- 110-115 OPS+
Gardner -- 110-115
Soriano -- 115-120
Jeter -- 100-105?
McCann -- 115-120
Teixiera -- 115-120
Beltran -- 120-125

So they could have an average to slightly above average offense if everything breaks right, and if CC bounces back and Tanaka is good, they could be pretty good. But that's a lot of ifs.
   26. Nasty Nate Posted: January 30, 2014 at 10:58 AM (#4648536)
So they could have an average to slightly above average offense if everything breaks right, and if CC bounces back and Tanaka is good, they could be pretty good. But that's a lot of ifs.


FWIW, last year their offense was below average, CC was not at bounceback level, and they didn't have Tanaka ... and won 85 games. That doesn't mean much for 2014 except that the Yankees (among other teams) don't really need everything to go right to be in the playoff mix.
   27. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: January 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM (#4648539)
I take your point, but they had 7.5 wins from Cano and another great season from Rivera. If they get an MVP level season from someone anything is possible, but that seems unlikely.
   28. BDC Posted: January 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM (#4648552)
Loved the Gentry move

Gentry is an exciting player. I saw his first big-league HR. Line drive to left center that split the outfielders and went to the wall. I looked back at the infield and some guy was rounding third, I figured it was the runner from first. No, it was Gentry, a step or two behind the runner from first. The guy can fly, and should have another couple of good years left (he just turned 30). Only their relative ages make me optimistic about getting Choice (24) in return.
   29. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 30, 2014 at 11:19 AM (#4648556)
If the Yankees trade Gardner and move Soriano to LF they could sign Morales for DH and he could backup for Tex. Morales would probably consider a 1 yr deal for the chance to hit in that park.

So you want them to get 2-3 wins worse in LF to add Kendry Morales? Pass.
   30. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: January 30, 2014 at 11:21 AM (#4648558)
FWIW, last year their offense was below average, CC was not at bounceback level, and they didn't have Tanaka ... and won 85 games. That doesn't mean much for 2014 except that the Yankees (among other teams) don't really need everything to go right to be in the playoff mix.

What they will need is a fair amount of luck, since their Pythag W-L record was only 79-83, they've got no infield, Rivera is gone, and their rotation is loaded with questions from top to bottom. Replacing Cano's offense may prove to be the least of their problems.
   31. Nasty Nate Posted: January 30, 2014 at 11:21 AM (#4648559)
I take your point, but they had 7.5 wins from Cano


Well, a below average offense with Cano is still worse than an average offense without him.
   32. The Good Face Posted: January 30, 2014 at 11:46 AM (#4648580)
Gentry is an exciting player. I saw his first big-league HR. Line drive to left center that split the outfielders and went to the wall. I looked back at the infield and some guy was rounding third, I figured it was the runner from first. No, it was Gentry, a step or two behind the runner from first. The guy can fly, and should have another couple of good years left (he just turned 30). Only their relative ages make me optimistic about getting Choice (24) in return.


Yeah, I'm gonna miss Gentry... he was an outstanding 4th OF and would be an asset on almost any team's bench. Just a useful (and fun to watch) player.
   33. tfbg9 Posted: January 30, 2014 at 12:13 PM (#4648593)
You can't really judge the Yankees 2014 chances without noting that they outperformed their Pythagorean record by 6 games in 2013. all things being equal, they were a 79 win team in 2013, even though they lucked into 85 wins. You have to expect some regression in luck even if they otherwise improve in staying healthy. You gotta be realistic!


By my count, since Torre became manager, and thru the Girardi era, the Yankees are +61 games over their pythag, in 18 seasons, + 3.38 per year on aveage. They are 13-4-1, in terms of beating it, losing to it, or tying it. Torre was +41 in 12 seasons, or +3.41 per, and Girardi so far is +10 in 6 years, +1.67 per.

Hopefully, Bud can do something to fix this before he starts his victory lap.
   34. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: January 30, 2014 at 12:41 PM (#4648625)
Even if everyone is healthy, the Yankees realistically can't expect more than this:
Ellsbury -- 110-115 OPS+
Gardner -- 110-115


Why would the Yankees realistically expect a career-best year from Gardner?
   35. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 30, 2014 at 05:01 PM (#4648915)
They've also lost a number of their best players.

Mostly just Robinson Cano, along with Pettitte & Rivera. That's 12.5 WAR. With reasonable health and performance, the contributions of Beltran, Ellsbury & McCann, along with the return of Teixeira & Jeter, as well as the arrival of Tanaka, should exceed that total by a considerable margin. Nothing's guarantee in MLB, but the Yankees 2014 additions should be greater than the players they lost from 2013.
   36. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: January 30, 2014 at 05:38 PM (#4648942)
By my count, since Torre became manager, and thru the Girardi era, the Yankees are +61 games over their pythag, in 18 seasons, + 3.38 per year on aveage. They are 13-4-1, in terms of beating it, losing to it, or tying it. Torre was +41 in 12 seasons, or +3.41 per, and Girardi so far is +10 in 6 years, +1.67 per.

Hopefully, Bud can do something to fix this before he starts his victory lap.

Yeah, but like 40 of those are probably just Mariano being Mariano.
   37. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: January 30, 2014 at 05:45 PM (#4648950)
Why would the Yankees realistically expect a career-best year from Gardner?

true. should have said 105-110.

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