Tex needs surgery, out for remainder of 2013
The worst case scenario that had been feared back in the spring when Mark Teixeira sustained a torn tendon sheath of his right wrist while preparing for the World Baseball Classic came to pass Wednesday with the news that the Yankees first baseman will require surgery and be sidelined for the remainder of the 2013 season.
After a recent MRI with dye contrast was performed on Teixeira’s right wrist, 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 New York University), confirmed that the sheath has not adequately healed and recommended surgery to repair the tear on the tendon sheath of his wrist.
“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.”
Teixeira said he was told what he has is not a degenerative condition. After the surgery, which he said he would have sometime next week, Teixeira will require four to five months of rest and rehabilitation and “I should be 100 percent in six months,” he added.
The news is just the latest blow in an injury-plagued season in which the Yankees have had 13 players do 16 stints on the disabled list, many of them regulars, including Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Kevin Youkilis, Eduardo Nunez and Francisco Cervelli. Teixeira was able to play in only 15 games this season and batted .151 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 53 at-bats. He aggravated his condition on the West Coast trip but he could not pinpoint when. One week after receiving a cortisone injection, Teixeira reported no progress.
“I have had about a dozen cortisone shots in my career and always responded well,” he said. “Hindsight is 20/20, obviously, but we had a great plan. We had a plan that the team suggested that we rehab it. I agreed, I wanted to rehab it, didn’t want to have the surgery. My first week back with the team was far better than I ever expected, three home runs and driving the ball, but at some point on the West Coast, I re-injured it. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but I have no regrets because up until the point when I re-injured it everything was going pretty well.”
Lyle Overbay, who has done a good job at first base in Teixeira’s absence, will continue in the position. General manager Brian Cashman said he was satisfied with Overbay’s performance but would continue to seek ways to make up for the loss of Teixeira.
“My job has always been to find ways to improve the team, regardless of position,” Cashman said.
If there is any consolation for Teixeira, it is the knowledge that Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista had the same injury in 2012 and came back this year to hit 16 home runs and drive in 43 runs in 271 at-bats.
“I have been very blessed my entire career to be relatively healthy,” Teixeira said. “I averaged 150 games the first 10 years of my career and I’ll play 15 this year, so that’s completely out of the norm for me and it’s very tough. I’ve worked so hard my entire career to try not to be injured and to be healthy, and up until this year I’ve had a lot of success. But this is one of those years. You learn from it. Hopefully, the surgery is a complete success and 2014 is going to be a great year.”