Via the Daily News –
Mark Teixeira’s right wrist still hurts, even after getting a cortisone shot just over a week ago, which has set off alarm bells in Yankeeland.
“Our doctors are obviously discussing it and working through it,” Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman said. “He’s having discomfort and that’s really all I can tell you.”
Asked if the discomfort perhaps raises the chances of Teixeira needing surgery on the partially-torn tendon sheath that has caused him to miss much of the season, Cashman said, “Surgery’s never been off the table. If I have something more, I’ll report that.”
The first baseman has played just 15 games this season because of the wrist injury he suffered as he prepared for the World Baseball Classic with Team USA in March. He came back on May 31 but was back on the disabled list after coming out of a game in Anaheim on June 15.
A subsequent MRI revealed inflammation in his wrist, but no further structural damage. However, the cortisone shot that was supposed to ease pain hasn’t worked.
If there is no underlying structural problem with the tendon sheath, the combination of cortisone and rest “can solve the problem for good right there,” said Dr. Michael Hausman, the Robert K. Lippman Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and vice-chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
But if the symptoms can’t be controlled, surgery might be necessary, which the Yankees have acknowledged since Teixeira was hurt. “You generally try a couple of cortisone injections,” said Dr. Hausman, speaking generally because he is not treating Teixeira specifically. “The question is whether they’ll try to tide him over with the injection so he can finish the season and then, if he’s still symptomatic, perform the surgery in the off-season.”
It’s the curse of Tino Martinez. Every big money first baseman that the Yankees have brought in since 2002 has eventually become a shell of the player that they signed. It’s either that, or, Cashman couldn’t smell a player full of PEDs just waiting to breakdown if it sat on his face.