• Warning On Tex’s Condition

    Posted by on March 10th, 2013 · Comments (12)

    Via Ken Rosenthal -

    Mark DeRosa is waiting for a call back from Mark Teixeira, his friend and former teammate with the Texas Rangers.

    DeRosa, now with the Toronto Blue Jays, says a wrist injury “wrecked” his career – and he wants to issue a warning to Teixeira, the New York Yankees’ first baseman.

    “Don’t come back until it’s right or you’ll never be right again,” DeRosa said. “Your bat speed, your stability, your power, your stamina, everything (gets) compromised by it.”

    The injury-depleted Yankees had a rare good day on Saturday, with both shortstop Derek Jeter and closer Mariano Rivera making positive impressions in their first appearances of the spring.

    Teixeira, 32, suffered a strained tendon in his right wrist Tuesday and will miss 8 to 10 weeks, according to the Yankees. A more extended absence would increase the urgency for the team to acquire another corner infielder.

    DeRosa said he had a different problem then Teixeira – he tore the tendon sheath in his left wrist, then re-tore it, then ruptured the entire tendon, undergoing surgery in October 2009 and again in July 2010.

    DeRosa’s new Blue Jays teammate, right fielder Jose Bautista, tried to return from an injury to his left wrist last August, but required surgery to repair a torn tendon sheath in September. He is now fully recovered and on Saturday hit his third home run of the spring.

    Teixera’s injury, as described by the Yankees, is not as severe as either DeRosa’s or Bautista’s. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that in speaking with the team’s doctors, “I never heard anything about a sheath.”

    Some in the industry, however, are skeptical that Teixeira will meet the Yankees’ timetable and return in early May. Teixeira addressed the issue Thursday in a conference call with reporters.

    “The doctors made it very clear to me that that they aren’t going to let me swing until it’s 100 percent pain-free,” Teixeria said. “However long that takes, we don’t know.

    “That’s why we had the conservative 8 to 10 weeks. But we really don’t know how long it’s going to take before I can swing pain-free.”

    The recovery time, if Teixeira eventually required surgery, obviously would be longer.

    “I can’t rule that out,” Cashman said of surgery, “But it’s not something has been discussed.”

    The prognosis could change, Cashman conceded, if Teixeira does not recover through rest and rehabilitation.

    This one could go from two weeks, to 8-10 weeks, to six months in a hurry…and, maybe even longer.

    Comments on Warning On Tex’s Condition

    1. Raf
      March 10th, 2013 | 10:15 am

      Nick Johnson and Jesse Barfield are a couple of players I remember suffering pretty big wrist injuries that hurt their careers.

    2. March 10th, 2013 | 10:37 am

      Also, I think there is some validity to the suggestion of the Yankees downplaying the extent of the injury in order to make help on the trade front.

    3. Evan3457
      March 10th, 2013 | 11:36 am

      From a NY Post article today:

      “They have never mentioned surgery,’’ Cashman said after Saturday’s 2-1 exhibition loss to the Braves at Steinbrenner Field. “I guess if his rehab goes badly … but they never mentioned it.”

      DeRosa had a torn sheath, something Cashman says Teixeira doesn’t have.

      “The sheath is fine,’’ said Cashman, who estimates the switch-hitting first baseman will return in mid-May if the rehab goes well.’

      http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/yankees/with_tex_gm_operating_on_no_surgery_q7ZqDUZLbTkjnebtLP1XfO

    4. March 10th, 2013 | 12:01 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      “They have never mentioned surgery,’’ Cashman said

      Right after he said that Bubba Crosby will be starting in center…

    5. Evan3457
      March 10th, 2013 | 12:42 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      “They have never mentioned surgery,’’ Cashman said
      Right after he said that Bubba Crosby will be starting in center…

      Well, either the sheath is torn, or it isn’t.

      If Cashman is lying about that, he’ll be crucified in the media, and rightfully so.

    6. March 10th, 2013 | 1:15 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      If Cashman is lying about that, he’ll be crucified in the media, and rightfully so.

      He’ll just say that it didn’t show up in their tests…

    7. Greg H.
      March 10th, 2013 | 1:22 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Also, I think there is some validity to the suggestion of the Yankees downplaying the extent of the injury in order to make help on the trade front.

      That wouldn’t surprise me at all. Neither would it surprise me if the injury created an even more rapid decline, unfortunately. This is probably much worse than Granderson’s injury, and more impactful to the Yanks in the long term.

    8. Evan3457
      March 10th, 2013 | 2:25 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      If Cashman is lying about that, he’ll be crucified in the media, and rightfully so.
      He’ll just say that it didn’t show up in their tests…

      Ummm…if it didn’t show up in their tests, then, by definition, he isn’t lying. He’s also not lying if it did show up in the tests, and they didn’t tell Cashman, which is much more unlikely.

      He might be mistaken, or they might be. But that’s not lying, either.

    9. Evan3457
      March 17th, 2013 | 11:37 am

      Updated (11:20 a.m.): The news on Mark Teixeira grew considerably worse this morning as the Yanks’ slugger returned to Tampa with his diagnosis. What had originally been called a strained right wrist is in fact an injury to his right tendon sheath, he told reporters. The Yanks’ first baseman isn’t going to rush back and discussed the possibility that he could be out until early June, nearly a month longer than first expected.
      Later on, Brian Cashman explained that Tex’s injury is, according to Chad Jennings, a “partially torn sheath with a stable tendon.” A full recovery without surgery occurs in approximately 70 percent of cases.

    10. Evan3457
      March 17th, 2013 | 11:37 am

      Oh, sorry, that’s from River Ave Blues. Forgot to credit them.

    11. March 17th, 2013 | 1:22 pm

      It’s the Yankees way. The injury is always worse than expected/first shared.

    12. MJ Recanati
      March 17th, 2013 | 4:34 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      It’s the Yankees way. The injury is always worse than expected/first shared.

      That’s true of every team, not just the Yankees.

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