Teixeira has inflammation in left wrist, no structural damage


Via Marc Carig, first baseman Mark Teixeira has no structural damage in his left wrist. He injured it on a swing two days ago and aggravated it on a dive last night. Tex received a cortisone shot for inflammation and will be re-evaluated in three days. Good news all around.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Eddard says:

    Certainly good news but I don’t trust those doctors after they said Brett Gardner just need a little time off. Let’s hope it’s just a couple days and then he’s back at 1st.

    • Slugger27 says:

      you dont trust medical professionals at the top of their field?

      • Brian S. says:

        The same ones that diagnosed Pineda and Gardner?

        • Slugger27 says:

          huh? the doctors diagnosed pineda with a torn labrum, which turned out to be 100% accurate… what are you talking about?

          gardner – you’re cherrypicking.

          ill cut to the chase, mike’s agenda piece yesterday obviously claimed 2 commenter victims, which sucks. i urge you to reconsider.

          • Brian S. says:

            Pineda had shoulder tendinitis at first.

            • Slugger27 says:

              again, im asking for the misdiagnosis, which your comment implied.

              • RetroRob says:

                It won’t be coming.

                • Slugger27 says:

                  ill stop anxiously waiting…

                  • jim says:

                    Once again, a 24 man roster because no way will Girardi DL Tex. Again, why not give Adams or CoJo a shot. It worked once with swing at all cost Cano. At the very least, send Pena down. One game as a pinch runner and you red light him. Even Wise was allowed to steal on his own. Also, it’s bull to say Girardi knows how to handle the bullpen. Get a man up two or three times a game. Why take out Phelps who only gave up one hit…Tex should’ve had it, just to play match up, with pitchers who can’t. And I still worry that the one more warm up in the minors will get Joba hurt.

      • Rich in NJ says:


        • Slugger27 says:

          what do you do when you go to the doctor? not take their treatment? or do you not go at all?

          • Rich in NJ says:

            I try to go as little as possible, but: 1) medicine is a far more inexact “science” than many people would like to believe so if I had anything truly serious, I would get at least a second opinion; 2) this is about more than doctors. Most professional sports teams have a tendency to put the best spin possible on a medical opinion (for example, have you ever heard that a surgery wasn’t a success), especially with the trade deadline looming.

            • Slugger27 says:

              point 1 – no argument. has little to do with the point though since the yankees make it clear theyre almost always getting 2nd 3rd opinions on injuries.

              point 2 – maybe you dont trust the info the yankees make public (a fair point) but do you not trust whats actually going on behind the scenes? as in, you really dont think tex’s situation is in the best hands possible, at least medically speaking? its one thing to not trust what the yankees say publicly, but do doubt how its really being handled is completely different. im confident tex’s diagnosis is as accurate as it could be, given the limitations on even really good medical science.

              • Rich in NJ says:

                1) The second opinions are usually requested by the players’s agent, but again, so much of that opinion is an educated guess. For example, from what my orthopedist told me (and from what I have read) tendinitis is a “catchall” diagnosis. It is impossible to distinguish between mere inflammation and small tears based on an MRI, so diagnoses are often made in large part based on the patient’s reported symptoms. So it’s still guess work, although granted, Dr. Andrews’ guesses are probably better than most of his colleagues.

                2) I think doctors are making their best guesses in line with what I mentioned above, but I think that the chances are that they are merely an educated guess (as opposed to objective truth) are high.

                It’s also my opinion (and solely that) that there is a bias to get a player back on the field as soon a possible. Not that there is a willful blindness to risk, but that close calls are made with that goal in mind.

                • Slugger27 says:

                  to both your points, educated guesses are all we have. the brightest minds around are the ones making those educated guesses. what more do you want?

                  to your last paragraph, do you disagree with this? is getting the player back on the field as soon as possible a wrong goal to have? what would you prefer the yankees do?

  2. Nathan says:


    I was preparing for the worst. The way this offense is (not) hitting, they couldn’t afford to lose Tex to much more than a couple days.

  3. Cris Pengiucci says:

    If Cash pulls off a deal for a 1B or OF before the deadline, then expect to hear that there is more damage to Tex’s wrist than originally found when they re-evaluate in 3 days.

  4. Bo Knows says:

    Any word if this is normal inflammation, or that “evil, unholy, never recovers and ends up requiring surgery just like Brett Gardner’s forearm” kind of inflammation.

  5. Bo Knows says:

    Any word if this is normal inflammation, or that “evil, unholy, never recovers and ends up requiring surgery just like Brett Gardner’s forearm” kind of inflammation.

    • Bo Knows says:

      so bad a thought, RAB site had to dbl post it

      • It’s a fair question though. Gardner’s “inflammation” was supposed to keep him sidelined two weeks, maybe a month. Then it was the AS break. Then it was maybe the trade deadline. Then it was nope, season ending surgery. and Pineda it started with “no structural damage, just inflammation” and ended with “possible career ending shoulder surgery on a torn labrum.”

        • Slugger27 says:


          there was no structural damage at first, then throwing a bullpen, he tore his labrum and there was.

          i think you’re confused.

          • No, I know…I’m just worrying, at this point I hear the term “inflammation” and think “hmmm there’s a good chance we don’t see him again for at least a month.”

            • Slugger27 says:

              well, i think people naturally think of worst case scenario any time an injury comes up. i wont argue with that.

              i guess my mindset is that the yankees (and really all of mlb) have access to some of the best and brightest doctors around. medical science is extremely difficult, and does involve some guesswork. im fine knowing that the guesswork being done is by people at the top of their fields, even if sometimes theyre wrong.

  6. DM says:

    I’d just DL him and play it safe rather than playing short-handed for what will most likely be more than 3 days.

  7. Rich in NJ says:

    Chances are that Tex will be ok, but I remain skeptical until he is playing at a high level (at least v. LHP).

  8. Brian S. says:

    When is the funeral?

  9. Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost says:

    I’m not one for conspiracy theories, and I believe that it is likely that Tex is really ok. However, there isn’t any upside to being totally transparent about his injury at this point. If they need to make a trade Cashman doesn’t want to get taken to the rack because other GMs know he’s going to be without his corner infielders for a while.

    Like other posters said, I’ll believe it when he plays again.

  10. RetroRob says:

    My favorite RAB posts are medical related. I like seeing fans pretending to be medical experts.

  11. Yank The Frank says:

    He just needs to lay off boppping the ol’ baloney and he’ll be fine.

  12. Jose M. Vazquez says:

    Good to know it is not a serious injury. I was dreaming of putting Teix back at third base (good hands) and getting Justin Morneau to play first until Arod gets back. Then you could use Morneau as the dh and spell Teix at first once in a while. I cannot understand the criticism of the Yankee doctors that is going on. These guys are the best in their field. It is that medicine is not as easy to predict as some other fields.

    • Slugger27 says:

      morneau should be strictly viewed as a DH, and the twins would have to eat salary or its a nonstarter. i dont think moving tex to 3rd is a good idea or realistically in play.

      regarding the doctor criticism, its because of the setbacks article yesterday. mike has (and deserves) a valued opinion. any time he says something, hes going to gain a cult-like following of that exact opinion, no matter how accurate or wrong it is.

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