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.