By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 26th, 2013
The New York Yankees suffered another big injury loss on Thursday afternoon, as a MRI revealed a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, which will require surgery and end Mark Teixeira's season. Teixeira originally hurt the wrist on March 5th preparing for the World Baseball Classic, and it cost him to miss the first 53 games of the season. He did however get on the field for the Yankees for a short period of time, but in 15 games he hit just .151. Teixeira did have three home runs and 12 RBIs before being shut down again to get a cortisone shot to see if the wrist would feel better, which it did not.
"I asked one of [the doctors], once the surgery's done, is there any worry that I'll ever have any more problems? And he said absolutely not," Teixeira said. "So this isn't one of those degenerative conditions in a joint, where you need to worry, you need to kind of protect it the rest of your career. It's a torn tendon sheath, and you gotta fix the torn tendon sheath, and once it's fixed I should be OK."
It is expected that Teixeira should be able to heal in four to five months with rest and rehab, which means he should be ready to go for the 2014 Spring Training.
Lyle Overbay will be getting the majority of the starts at First Base like he has been with Teixeira being out so much already this season. Overbay is hitting .239 right now with eight home runs and 33 RBIs. For a Yankee offense that has struggled this season the production at First Base, which is generally a position where a team will receive good offensive stats from, the Yankees rank 27th in batting average, and 29th in on base percentage.
"Lyle's done a great job for us. But my job always is try to see if we can improve, regardless of position," Cashman said. "If something declares itself as an opportunity that makes sense that we can acquire and get our hands on and the price makes enough sense to us, then we'll obviously have to look at it."
With Kevin Youkilis out for a long time, and maybe the season, Alex Rodriguez's return uncertain, and Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson both out till for at least a few more weeks, Brian Cashman may have to start looking for some bats to help the Yankees out, as they stand just a few games behind the Boston Red Sox for the AL East lead.