Sep
18

Update: Yanks hope to have Teixeira back by next week

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Tuesday: Via Mike Mazzeo, Brian Cashman said Teixeira’s recovery has been “slow,” but they hope to get him back sometime next week. “I don’t think he’s close to getting back here,” said the GM. “I think we’ll have a chance to get him back before the season’s over … maybe the Toronto series on the road, which is a little ways down the line here in that last week of the season.”

Sunday: It’s been six days since Mark Teixeira re-injured his left calf and we learned that he’ll be out another 10-14 days, but he is still not yet ready to resume baseball activities. “He’s still sore,” said Joe Girardi prior to yesterday’s game. “I don’t have a timetable when he’ll go hit in the cage.”

Yankees’ first basemen have hit just .190/.319/.293 with one homer in the 18 games since Teixeira originally injured his calf in late-August, not counting this afternoon. So yeah, even though his offensive production has declined for a fourth straight year, his switch-hitting bat has been sorely missed, then there’s the defensive downgrade on top of it. The sooner Teixeira can rejoin the club, the better.

Categories : Asides, Injuries
  • dalelama

    I lettered in 3 sports in high school for 4 years and played soccer and baseball at NCAA Division 1 for 2 years and have never heard of a calf injury other than a torn calf muscle lasting for three weeks. As I haven’t heard Tex tore his calf muscle what could possibly be the problem?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Jeter missed about 3 weeks with the same thing last year.

    • Jose M. Vazquez

      In a grade I sprain, no musscle fibers are ruptured. Only themuscle fibers are stretched beyond their capabilities. In grade II some fibers are torn and there is some bleeding. In grade III lots of fibers are ruptured with much bleeding. They said it was a grade one but it is looking like a grade two. It probably became a grade two when he played before he was fully ready.

      • Jose M. Vazquez

        In any case the HIPPA law prohibits physicians from divulging a patient’s diagnosis and that may be why they don’t tell us what he has.

      • Jose M. Vazquez

        I meant strain. It’s a typo.

      • Jose M. Vazquez

        I mean strain. It’s a typo.

  • Nice Scheister

    Keep an open mind, what if we move Jeter to 1B (since his ankle is hurt) and start Nunez at SS, until Teix is back. OR, if Jeter gets better sooner, same thing but put A-Rod at 1B and Nunez at 3B. Just a thought.

    • RetroRob

      You want Jeter to learn a new position when he has a bad ankle and during a pennant race?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Remember when they moved Gary Sheffield to first in 2006?

        • dkidd

          wasn’t 2006 the year the yanks had the worst defense in baseball history (per fangraphs)?

        • Nice Scheister

          I remember Marcus Thames at 3B.

      • Nice Scheister

        Or A-Rod, it better than trotting Pearce, Nix and McGehee out there or seeing Jones or Ibanez in the field, IMO. I doubt they’ll do it with Jeter but the range isn’t as important at 1B. If the likes of Ortiz, Giambi and Swisher can fake it, Jeter could possibly do so with GG caliber efficiency. Do I think it’ll happen, absolutely not but IMHO it would give the team the best chance to win.

  • RetroRob

    Tex was ranked 4th in the AL among 1B’men in WAR when he was injured. He’s not what he was at his peak, but he’s still a big loss. Even just focusing on his bat, from his peak ’04-’09 he was a 140 OPS+ hitter. He’s now a 120 OPS+ hitter. Steve Pearce and company can not replace that for any length of time.

  • dkidd

    after pineda and gardner, i’m expecting tex to be out until next august

    /shell shocked

  • http://twitter.com/bryanl26 Bryan L

    I feel like they should almost just shut him down until the playoffs. This is obviously a lingering thing and there’s not much of a point in rushing him back only to have him get hurt again.

    • Anthony

      I’m sure they would if we had a substantial lead. They really need Tex, just like they need Jeter and they keep playing him (or more accurately, Jeter insists on playing).

      • RetroRob

        Jeter still playing is a good thing since he DHs, and that forces Nunez into the lineup, ultimately taking away PAs from Jones and Ibanez.

        • Anthony

          Agreed 100%. Joe needs to play both Nunez and Dickerson much more. Watching the vets struggle is painful.

    • OldYanksFan

      10-14 days kinda sounds like the rest of the regular season.

  • bpdelia

    Guh. That is all.

  • Zack

    He shouldn’t have been rushed back in the first place. That game in Baltimore cost us far more than just the standings.

    • Nice Scheister

      Agreed. I felt he should have gone on the DL and been evaluated accordingly, preventing possible setbacks. Using him while he was still hurt reeked of desperation.

      • OldYanksFan

        Reek? At the time, we absolutely WERE deperate. We had just lost a 10 game lead.

        • Nice Scheister

          You got to be cool as the other side of the pillow, can’t let them see you sweat!

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    Tough stretch for Teixeira, what with his injury and the Kate Middleton photos. He’s a frustrating player but missed when he’s not there.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Drew

    I am so sick on Teixeria, Jeter has been playing on one leg for the last 2 months and still manages to lead the league in hits. Hes limping whenever he runs, but Teix can’t play bc hes “only 80%” The sooner his contract is up the better.

    • Deep Thoughts

      I am so sick on dumb posts by people who can’t distinguish between bone bruises and soft-tissue injuries.

      • vicki

        i’m sick on it all.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Jeter missed 3 weeks with the same injury last year.

      • Jim Is Bored

        Shhhhhhh…

  • TJ

    ^ WOW!!

  • Mick taylor

    Jasonbay is not worse than jones jones hasthe benefits of hitting basically against Ledford only and in a much better lineup than bay.

  • jim p

    We’re allowed just the one DH?

  • EDDARD

    They shouldn’t need him until the playoffs. The players who are currently there are good enough to beat Toronto, Boston and Minnesota. The return of Alex and the emergence of Eduardo Nunez has allowed them to take their time with Teix.