• The Knife For Teixeira?

    Posted by on June 24th, 2013 · Comments (14)

    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.

    Comments on The Knife For Teixeira?

    1. LMJ229
      June 24th, 2013 | 10:26 pm

      By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com | 6/24/2013 3:49 P.M. ET:

      Though Teixeira said there is little discomfort when he hits right-handed, both he and manager Joe Girardi shot down a suggestion that he could finish the season as a platoon player against left-handed pitching.
      “It’s not something that we’ve discussed, so I can’t answer the question,” Cashman said on Monday.

      Seriously, how can you not consider this? I just don’t get it.

    2. LMJ229
      June 24th, 2013 | 11:14 pm

      Think any of these guys can help the Yanks? They are all left-over free agents. Slim pickins …

      Name-Team-Position-Age-AB-HR-AVG-RBI
      Carlos Lee Marlins 1B 36 550 9 .264 77
      Freddy Sanchez Giants 2B 34 239 3 .289 24
      Ryan Theroit Giants 2B 33 352 0 .270 28
      Adam Kennedy Dodgers 2B 36 168 2 .262 16
      Orlando Hudson White Sox 2B 34 260 3 .204 28
      Scott Rolen Reds 3B 37 294 8 .245 39
      Jim Thome Orioles DH 42 163 8 .252 25
      Bobby Abreu Dodgers DH 38 219 3 .242 24
      Johnny Damon Indians DH 38 207 4 .222 19
      Grady Sizemore Indians OF 30 268 10 .224 32
      Andruw Jones Yankees OF 35 233 14 .197 34
      Jason Bartlett Padres SS 33 83 0 .133 4
      Aubrey Huff Giants 1B 35 78 1 .192 7
      Matt Treanor Dodgers C 36 103 2 .175 10

    3. Evan3457
      June 25th, 2013 | 2:59 am

      Tex has been linked to PED’s? I didn’t know that. If he’s using them, he’s using them wrong.

      Oh, and…”every big money 1st baseman”? There’s been exactly two of them.
      And if Tex was “waiting to break down”, it took him 4 years, and participation in the WBC, to cause the break.

    4. June 25th, 2013 | 6:17 am

      @ LMJ229:
      Carlos Lee retired. Besides, most of these guys are old, broken down, and they haven’t played in 9 months. They’re like A-Rod. :-)

    5. June 25th, 2013 | 6:18 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Tex has been linked to PED’s? I didn’t know that. If he’s using them, he’s using them wrong.

      It’s possible. Look at him. Look at his homeruns. And, he played in Texas.

      Sure, it’s a reach. But, would it shock you if it was found out that he did use them?

    6. Scout
      June 25th, 2013 | 6:26 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      would it shock you if it was found out that he did use them?

      It wouldn’t shock me to learn that ANY player had used them. That was the culture in baseball for more than a decade.

    7. MJ Recanati
      June 25th, 2013 | 8:03 am

      Scout wrote:

      It wouldn’t shock me to learn that ANY player had used them. That was the culture in baseball for more than a decade.

      Exactly.

    8. JeremyM
      June 25th, 2013 | 8:13 am

      I’m not going to second-guess the decision to sign this guy. It was the perfect move at the time and the Yankees were far from the only team that wanted him. He seemed to be a better bet to age well than a lot of the other slugger types that stand at first. It just hasn’t worked out particularly well, though it hasn’t been a disaster, either.

    9. MJ Recanati
      June 25th, 2013 | 8:22 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      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.

      LOL, what a silly way to frame the argument.

      Giambi (2002-2008) and Teixeira (2009-present) are the only two “big money first basemen the Yankees have brought in since 2002.” While neither maintained the dominant performances of their first year on the team, neither were busts either. Giambi even recovered enough after the 2004 tailspin to produce a few more valuable seasons. No reason why Teixeira can’t do the same next year.

    10. LMJ229
      June 25th, 2013 | 6:27 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Carlos Lee retired. Besides, most of these guys are old, broken down, and they haven’t played in 9 months.

      Wouldn’t that make them a perfect fit for the Yankees? :)

    11. LMJ229
      June 25th, 2013 | 6:29 pm

      JeremyM wrote:

      I’m not going to second-guess the decision to sign this guy. It was the perfect move at the time and the Yankees were far from the only team that wanted him. He seemed to be a better bet to age well than a lot of the other slugger types that stand at first. It just hasn’t worked out particularly well, though it hasn’t been a disaster, either.

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      No reason why Teixeira can’t do the same next year.

      I have to agree. I can’t second guess the signing and I do think Tex still has a couple of years left in the tank.

    12. Evan3457
      June 25th, 2013 | 6:57 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      Tex has been linked to PED’s? I didn’t know that. If he’s using them, he’s using them wrong.
      It’s possible. Look at him. Look at his homeruns. And, he played in Texas.
      Sure, it’s a reach. But, would it shock you if it was found out that he did use them?

      Maybe he was. But he has declined with age, pretty much as he should. It wasn’t the power that diminished (his AB/HR is 16.7 with the Yanks; 16.8 for his career), it was his BAVG. That’s an atypical pattern for a PED user. It’s the aging pattern that leads me to believe he’s not a PED user.

    13. #15
      June 26th, 2013 | 2:16 pm

      Tex will have surgery and will miss the rest of the season. Book it.

      His wages will be paid by the insurance policy from the WBC.

      As I stated a little while back… Would you rather have 1/2 of Tex for all of his salary, or none of Tex for all of his salary? The Yankees see this year is not going their way. They will relieve themselves of $20 mil they owe him for 2013.

    14. #15
      June 26th, 2013 | 9:18 pm

      #15 wrote:

      Tex will have surgery and will miss the rest of the season. Book it.

      His wages will be paid by the insurance policy from the WBC.

      As I stated a little while back… Would you rather have 1/2 of Tex for all of his salary, or none of Tex for all of his salary? The Yankees see this year is not going their way. They will relieve themselves of $20 mil they owe him for 2013.

      Nice call #15!

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