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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Matthews: Mark Teixeira’s injury more serious

Ray Barker...come on down!

The injury that will keep New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira out of the lineup until May at the earliest is not a wrist strain, as originally reported, but a partially torn tendon sheath that could potentially require season-ending surgery.

As of now, the Yankees are still expecting Teixeira to heal without needing an operation and to rejoin the club after about 8-10 weeks of healing time.

But Teixeira, who arrived at spring camp Sunday morning with his right wrist in a cast-like splint and will rehab there for the rest of the spring, raised the possibility that his absence could be longer than that.

“This is one of those things I can’t come back too early,’’ he said. “We saw last season when I tried to play too early [with a calf injury] what happened. If I try to play too early from this we could miss the whole season, and we don’t want that. I don’t know if it’s the beginning of May, the end of May, the beginning of June, I don’t know when it is but we got a whole bunch of season left and the time that really matters is the playoffs.’‘

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was surprised to hear Teixeira say the injury was to the tendon sheath, a covering that keeps the wrist tendon in place, rather than to the tendon itself. He called Yankees team doctor Chris Ahmad, who told him the injury was a partially torn tendon sheath but a stable tendon, an injury that generally heals without surgery.

“Ahmad told me if he had a fully torn sheath, it’s automatic surgery, and if he had a partially torn sheath with an unstable tendon, it’s automatic surgery,’’ Cashman said. “This is a best-case scenario injury, the only one that can heal without surgery.’‘

Repoz Posted: March 17, 2013 at 04:01 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. cardsfanboy Posted: March 17, 2013 at 04:45 PM (#4390029)
We all know the truth, he popped positive and negotiated a way to serve his suspension while on the DH.
   2. Dan Posted: March 17, 2013 at 04:49 PM (#4390033)
Copying from my post on this in the other Yankees thread:

If Teixeira really has a torn sheath, I'm surprised he isn't just getting surgery. Even Ortiz took several seasons to get his power and bat speed back after skipping surgery for a similar injury. I can't recall a player with this kind of injury doing well with just rehab. Isn't this the injury that resulted in Bautista getting surgery at the end of last season?

A torn sheath does better explain Cashman's attempts to sign guys like Lee and Chipper though. They're going to have to make some kind of trade to shore up first base now though; Dan Johnson and Juan Rivera can't possibly last the season as the solution at 1B. I guess theoretically they could bridge the gap until Rodriguez returns and pushes Youkilis across the diamond, but even expecting one of Tex or ARod to make it back for most of the season seems foolish at this point.
   3. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: March 17, 2013 at 04:49 PM (#4390034)
We all know the truth, he popped positive and negotiated a way to serve his suspension while on the DH.


Brokeback Mountain 2, starring Mark Teixeira and Travis Hafner.
   4. RJ in TO Posted: March 17, 2013 at 04:56 PM (#4390039)
Isn't this the injury that resulted in Bautista getting surgery at the end of last season?

Yes. The Jays also tried to treat it with rest, but Bautista re-aggravated the injury when he came off the DL, and then had to have surgery.
   5. PASTE Transcends Almost All Generations (Zeth) Posted: March 17, 2013 at 05:05 PM (#4390047)
Sounds like the Yankees pretty much have to work under the assumption they need a first baseman for most or all of the 2013 season, right?

Or move Jeter over there and find a shortstop, dot dot dot.
   6. Ray (RDP) Posted: March 17, 2013 at 06:09 PM (#4390079)
I don’t know when it is but we got a whole bunch of season left and the time that really matters is the playoffs.’


I love how Yankees players are now just conditioned to believe they will make the playoffs.

Fans and media buy in also.

The Seligification of the playoffs has devalued the regular season so.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 17, 2013 at 06:11 PM (#4390082)
They're going to have to make some kind of trade to shore up first base now though; Dan Johnson and Juan Rivera can't possibly last the season as the solution at 1B.

Or they go the other way, and sell off Granderson, Kuroda, Hughes, and Cano (if he's not being reasonable about an extension) in July.
   8. jyjjy Posted: March 17, 2013 at 07:02 PM (#4390104)
Yeah, especially if the steroid ban allegations are true I'd say it is time to dismantle this sh*t. Shame to tank it in what is likely Pettitte and Rivera's last season but it is what it is.
   9. JimMusComp misses Jerry Dipoto... Posted: March 17, 2013 at 07:19 PM (#4390111)
Shame to tank it in what is likely Pettitte and Rivera's last season but it is what it is.


Ehhh, Juan might hang around for a few more years after this season. ;-)
   10. scumbag Posted: March 17, 2013 at 07:24 PM (#4390112)
I thought Juan Rivera retired 5 years ago.
   11. JJ1986 Posted: March 17, 2013 at 07:25 PM (#4390113)
I thought Juan Rivera retired 5 years ago.


Michael Kay thought he retired ten years ago.
   12. JimMusComp misses Jerry Dipoto... Posted: March 17, 2013 at 07:31 PM (#4390115)
Michael Kay is a dolt who was confusing Juan with Ruben.

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