Update: Teixeira removed from Team USA roster due to wrist strain


9:48pm: Brian Cashman told Dan Barbarisi that Teixeira felt a “pop” in his wrist and he’s concerned because wrists are tricky. Either way, the first baseman will be shutdown for a minimum of two weeks.

6:27pm: The Yankees are officially calling it a right wrist sprain and say Teixeira will be evaluated by two doctors in New York tomorrow.

5:08pm: Danny Knobler says Teixeira has a strained forearm and will miss 7-10 days. The Yankees doctors still need to look at him though.

4:47pm: Jon Morosi confirms that Teixeira will indeed be removed from the Team USA roster. Apparently it’s more of a wrist/hand issue than a forearm issue, which is like ten times worse.

4:16pm: Mark Teixeira was been scratched from Team USA’s exhibition lineup this afternoon due to discomfort in his right forearm. Joe Girardi told reporters he felt it during batting practice and while x-rays are negative, he is headed for more tests with the Yankees doctors. There’s a decent chance he’ll be leaving the World Baseball Classic all together. It goes without saying how bad a serious injury to Teixeira would be. Fingers crossed.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’m going to conveniently ignore what you just wrote, Mike. Shoo! Go away!

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Jeez, all the injuries predicted by the trolls all winter actually seems to be coming true and it’s affecting the not so elderly players like Teix and Grandy.

      • Havok9120

        I’m really not sure if they can get credit if it’s the younger guys on the roster. Their entire argument (well, most of them) was built around age related decline and injury. Grandy, Tex, and Hughes don’t really qualify.

        • Cris Pengiucci

          Don’t ruin the narrative with facts!

      • TomH

        Trolls? They weren’t necessarily trolls. They were probably being intelligently analytical.

        • MannyGeee

          this sounds like someone who didn’t endure the Great Troll Invasion of 2012. If by “intelligently analytical” you mean “completly irrational and legit infuriated about not signing Nate Schierholtz”, then you might be right. Otherwise, go peruse December…

  • I am Jack’s Blog

    If Teix were to go down for a significant amount of time, do you think Helton would be a worth while addition? I know he probably would like to finish his career with the same team he broke in with way back in 97; however, he may want a chance to compete. He has a pretty team friendly deal (5 million 1 year) and sees a ton of pitching. Think on of the Yanks’ MLB ready arms would be enough?

    • MannyGeee

      He might be drunk enough to not ask for anything to waive his NTC…

  • Monterowasdinero

    And the “Year of the MRI” continues for the Downsiders…

    • Havok9120

      Are you really still as bitter as you sound, or is it just an act to see what kind of reaction you’ll get?

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        I think it’s the latter but I might add that you actually sound a little perturbed yourself.

        • MannyGeee

          In Havok’s defense, he only gets perturbed when people act irrationally bitter.

      • Monterowasdinero

        I am not bitter. I think, for the first time in many years, the Yanks really are in trouble. Way too many older, injured downsiders and not enough “in their prime” or upsiders. Stats and previous year data can be used to make any point you want. I know that very well. Perhaps the lower expectations will be a rallying point for the team and perhaps all will fall into place with injured vets returning to form. Players like Nunez and Phelps give me hope actually.

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          This has been beaten to death around here but FWIW, I agree with most of this post.

  • Another really long name which has no point (formerly “an important / cool name”)

    Well…it can’t be good. You don’t get taken off the roster if you have a tweek or stifness. I pray its not a tendon or ligament injury.

    • Winter

      Meh. It’s the WBC. Managers know that players’ first priority is their MLB team. If Tex isn’t removed he’d probably be pulled by the Yankees anyway.

  • Who hates bunts more? Axisa or Earl Weaver?

    Let me know when I can exhale.

    • MannyGeee

      In May.

  • Mike HC

    Well, there goes that small shot that playing in the WBC will help with his April slumps.

  • MB923

    “5:08pm: Danny Knobler says Teixeira has a strained forearm and will miss 7-10 days. The Yankees doctors still need look at him though.”

    Hoping this is all it is

    • TRR

      not sure why, but I feel this is nothing!

  • GT Yankee

    When I see stuff like this a Cano megadeal really starts to scare me. Mind you I’m not saying they shouldn’t resign him, but the nature of players once they hit 33/34 is unpredictable for sure. In a more physically demanding position would it be a total shocker if Robbie tails off badly 3 years into a new contract? At this stage even a healthy Tex is looked at as overpaid. Hopefully it’s not too bad an injury. Who are we root for on Team USA in the WBC now?

  • dkidd

    what if we’ve passed Peak Yankees and are entering a long and bloody decline???


    • Some Other Rob

      I think that’s pretty obvious at this point.

  • Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

    AHHHHH my arm!

    seriously though, fuck.

    “The offense can’t take another injury to someone who is going to be counted on even more this season”. – Captain Obvious

  • theyankeewarrior

    Job description: Swing baseball bat and hit ball.

    Pay: $22.5M/year

    (Takes a swing…injures self)

    Baseball is so damn frustrating sometimes.

  • Rizi Walnuts

    Ball is ball. I watch no matter what. I guarantee they’ll be some good games this season. Other than that … who the f&ck knows.

  • Strat

    Still able to hold at a baseline seven long-term, what with the Chris Bootcheck signing and all.

  • Fuji

    Just yet another in a long line of examples of why you shouldn’t give out large contracts with many many years attached to guys that are over 30. We’ve now seen it from Pavano on down to AROD, and now it seems as if Tex’s next 4 years will be spent on the DL. Last year’s injury troubles were no fluke; Tex is breaking down just like the rest of the roster. If Cashman hands out another bloated contract to Cano in the coming months, I have to question his ability to be the GM of this team.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      One-day contracts for everyone!

      • Pasqua

        You tried to slip in that “Tex will be on the DL for the next 4 years” comment as if it was a fact. Nice try, but I’m not convinced you know the future. (On the off-chance you do, could you message me the winning lotto numbers for next week?)

    • Get Phelps Up

      Neither Tex or Pavano were 30 when they got their deals.

    • Mike Axisa

      Tex was 28 when he signed his deal.

      • MannyGeee

        Sign all the toddlers!

    • Winter

      Tex isn’t breaking down. He’s 33 and plays the least physically demanding position. He’s no longer in his prime, but before last year he played 156+ games every year but going back to 2005 (he only played 132 in 2007). This hand injury looks to be relatively minor (fingers crossed). There is really no indication that Teixeira is “breaking down.”

  • Robinson Tilapia

    7-10 days? As long as it’s not more than that, meh.

  • Pat D

    Wow, with this and Grandy’s injury and ARod’s injury, not to mention all those coming suspensions, it’s gon’ be 1965 up in here!

  • turd surfer

    Just waiting for more info. Until then bleh.

  • Craig
  • ClayDavis

    Cashman just told Curry its going to be at least two weeks. And he’s worried.

  • Havok9120

    A “pop” you say? That actually makes me somewhat less concerned, though I have some experience with injuries to the wrist (bowling leagues are your friend) and will heartily agree with them being tricky.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Really? the term “pop” scares the shit out of me. Hopefully the MRI comes back clean.

  • ClayDavis

    Opening day lineup with Youk at first and Nix at third. Fantastic.

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      Youk at 3B and FHOFRM at 1B.

  • ND Mike


    • Now Batting

      Don’t really get this comment. If Tex has a serious wrist injury the most optimistic fan should admit the Yankees are in big trouble.

  • Pistol Pete

    Don’t like the sound of a pop in the wrist, ask Gardy how long it took for his wrist to heal. If Tex and Grandy are down this is one really really bad offensive lineup. We have a chance to really stink. No catcher, no first baseman, no center/leftfielder, a 39 yr old right fielder, a 38 yr old SS coming off major surgery, a 3b fill in for Arod who hit 234 last year and a former obvious ped juicer and over the hill DH, nice we should score a ton of runs.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Hal and Cashman will rue the day they didn’t follow Papa Bear’s example for this franchise and done this, just in case:,32/

      • Dorsia

        StiLl can’t believe part of that came true eventually….AROD, then Randy Johnson and even Pudge

    • DC

      If it keeps you away from game threads, it might be worth it.

  • Pft

    Sounds like An ECU strain/dislocation (thats what caused the pop) . Bautista, Nomar had similar injuries.

    Might be able to get by w/o surgery for a time but it will affect performance and worsen over time.

    Yankees don’t have enough depth to cover injuries to Granderson and Teixeira and already weakened by downgrades at DH, RF, C, 3B and a hobbled Jeter.

    Starting pitching depth also a question with Hughes back and old guys like Kuroda and Pettitte and with Robertson ailing and Soriano gone, no backup for the 43 yo Mo.

  • Pft

    Sounds like An ECU strain/dislocation (thats what caused the pop) . Bautista, Nomar had similar injuries.

    Might be able to get by w/o surgery for a time but it will affect performance and worsen over time.

    Yankees don’t have enough depth to cover injuries to Granderson and Teixeira and already weakened by downgrades at DH, RF, C, 3B and a hobbled Jeter.

  • Frank

    I’m hearing 10 weeks

  • Steve

    Yup, 8-10 weeks. It’s going to be a loooong April.