Surgery recommended for Mark Teixeira’s wrist



Surgery to repair the tendon sheath in Mark Teixeira‘s right wrist has been recommended, the Yankees announced. He was examined by a total of four doctors: New York-based hand specialists Dr. Michelle Carlson (Hospital for Special Surgery) and Dr. Keith Raskin (NYU), team doctor Dr. Christopher Ahmad, and Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser. Recent tests “confirmed that the sheath has not adequately healed.”

“It’s very tough, especially in a season where the team could probably use me … I really would have loved to be a part of this,” said Teixeira, who confirmed he will likely have the surgery next week. It comes with 4-5 months worth of rehab work, and he won’t be 100% until six months out from surgery. That means he will be healthy in plenty of time for Spring Training barring any setbacks, but the procedure is obviously season-ending.

Teixeira, 33, originally suffered the injury while taking batting practice with Team USA in advance of the World Baseball Classic back in early-March. He rehabbed the wrist and remained on the DL until late-May, with the WBC picking up his salary during that time. In 15 games off the DL, he went 8-for-63 (58 wRC+) with three homers. Teixeira felt discomfort in the wrist two weeks ago and was placed back on the DL with what was originally called inflammation. He received a cortisone shot but still had nagging discomfort a week later.

The Yankees grabbed first baseman Lyle Overbay off the scrap heap as a temporary stopgap in Spring Training, and he’s hit .239/.282/.429 (90 wRC+) in 241 plate appearances this year. At the very least, the team figures to look to acquire a platoon partner given Overbay’s huge platoon split — 106 wRC+ against righties but a 46 wRC+ against lefties. Kevin Youkilis will miss at least 10-12 weeks following back surgery, so he is not an option. Until the Yankees acquire someone else, Overbay will be the everyday first baseman.

Categories : Injuries


  1. (Screaming at wrist) SHUT THE FUCK UP!

    Michael Morse is being fitted for pinstripes as we speak.

  2. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Seattle knew.
    Cashman failed.
    Why didn’t they send him for the most invasive procedure first?
    Why is Dante Bichette Jr. not ready yet?
    Who is responsible for Eric Jaglieo’s hamstring injury?
    Why did they sign _____________ when they could have signed ____________?

    I think this represents how we all feel.

    Get well, Tex. Lyle Overbay looks so much better when you’re not standing right next to him anyway.

  3. Robinson Tilapia says:


    Where was David Adams this spring?
    Why is David Adams still here?

  4. Gonzo says:

    This is very similar to how Jose Bautista went down last year. On the bright side, Joey Bats is still hitting HRs.

  5. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    I can’t say I’m surprised. I think a lot of us had a hunch it was coming. Get well soon, Tex. Hopefully Overbay can continue to be useful.

    Don’t worry everyone. Next week after my MCATs, I’ll join the Yankees medical staff and we’ll never have to deal with injuries again.

    One can dream, right?

    • Different Josh says:

      Overbay can’t “continue to be useful”, because he hasen’t been useful since April. He would have to start being useful all over again.

  6. Bavarian Yankee says:

    yeah, Mr. Tilapia is right: Seattle knew it. (btw this should be the answer for everything that ever happens :D)

    but seriously: get the surgery done and let him prepare for next season.

  7. Robinson Tilapia says:


    Why did I tell a bunch of jokes about third basemen when this post is about Mark Teixeira?

    Tilapia failed.

  8. vicki says:

    i’m shocked, thought noone.

  9. Oy says:

    Betances, Marshall and a C- prospect for Ike Davis. Now.

    • Pat D says:

      Dude, put down the bong.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      They want to actually improve the team.

      • Oy says:

        Davis posted positive WAR seasons ever since he came up, including a 153 waRC in 2011. He’s average/above average with the glove. He’s been of to a good start in AAA. Change of scenery and new coaches may set him on track.

        Betances is a 25 year old LOOGY who can’t get shit done AAA. Marshal has been terrible and never was anything above a back end rotation/bullpen warm. Is that too much to pay for an upgrade at 1B?

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          A back end rotation arm may be worth more than Ike Davis alone, if that’s how you’re evaluating Brett Marshall.

          Perhaps Dellin Betances would be doing better if you were giving him a bit more positive motivation.

        • jjyank says:

          Betances is a RHP. You lost me when you can’t get basic facts right.

          And there’s a very real chance he won’t be an upgrade anywhere.

        • MannyGeee says:

          The Ike Davis Fan Club starts here…

        • Nuke Guy (Knoxvillain) says:

          I could play a better first base than Ike Davis can. Betances isn’t a LOOGY and he’s pitched pretty well since they moved him to the bullpen. How is trading for a guy who sucks so much that he can’t even play on the Mets going to help the Yankees? I’d rather them sign Richie Sexson.

          • jjyank says:

            “I’d rather them sign Richie Sexson.”

            I feel like that would make a pretty great t-shirt.

          • Oy says:

            I thought he had reverse splits. Davis has a career 11.2 fielding WAR. His only bad year in terms of fielding is last year. Overbay is a below average fielder with a .282 OBP.

            • Pat D says:

              That’s 11.2 career UZR.

              You’re missing the point that the Yankees need a guy who can hit more than an guy who can field.

              And Ike’s OBP is a robust .242.

        • mitch says:

          I don’t think the trade proposal is as ridiculous as others are making it out to be, but what use would Ike be this year? He’s a mess right now, and he wouldn’t even be an upgrade over Overbay. If 1B was a position of need in 2014 and beyond I’d definitely take a flyer on him.

          • LK says:

            Yeah this is the more reasonable position. Ike might be fixable, but it’ll take time, and Tex will be back next year. Just not really a fit.

            • Oy says:

              Ike is good against RHP, something that Teix has struggled with. Teix is consistently regressing. If Teix returns and keeps regressing against RHP, Davis can be a plotoon 1B and DH when Jeter/A Rod both play.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Yeah, because Ike Davis is producing at a major league level or something…

    • jsbrendog says:

      i’ll keep my poop in a jar. we can send the resulting jenkem to the mets for ike davis

    • Shittyshittybangbang says:

      Plus, with Ike’s temper and drug use …, Anna Mae’s in for a salty one. Oh shit, wrong Ike …, but in his time …, could “hit” better than The Mets Ike. Just saying …, also, just kiddin’ !

  10. Chris says:

    I hate when teams try to “rehab” an injury where surgery is likely in the end. I understand avoiding the knife is ideal but this isn’t the 1920′s. They are very good and look at all this wasted time now. He could already be healing and building strength for next season. Instead we had to dilly dally with curles and stupid finger exercises. what a waste.

    Get well Tex!

    • Pat D says:

      Pretty much agree with you, though I admit I was foolishly optimistic that they could avoid it.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      They try to rehab the surgery because this isn’t the 1920′s, though.

      If this was the 1920′s, they would have just chopped his arm off first.

    • MannyGeee says:

      In fairness, lets discuss truths here:

      1. If they chose surgery, he would have missed the entire season anyway. There was literally ZERO 2013 cost to him trying rehab first.

      2. Choosing rehab netted the Yankees 3 more home runs in a time where we were in dire need of seeing 3 more home runs.

      3. Exactly ZERO first base trade targets have been passed over or gone to new homes this season, so they didn’t miss out.

      4. Tex’s other replacement at the position would have been that guy with the bad back and is out until August anyhow.

      Just food for thought.

      • jjyank says:

        I’m with you. It didn’t really hurt to see if they can get Tex back in 2013. If they did the surgery right away, he still would have missed the whole season. No harm, no foul. Get well soon, Tex. We’ll still need you next year.

      • Chris says:

        Truths kind of makes it seem what I said was false. Lets take your points.

        1. The only ZERO cost was financial. He could have gotten hurt doing something else baseball related, in which case the WBC insurance would likely not remain in effect. Total loss: However much he was owed at time of injry.

        2. I respect the HR point but I can’t be convinced that it was worth it for 3 HR’s. Not when you consider Tex would be swinging a bat and doing baseball related activities 2 months earlier than he would now. What is the cost to NEXT season?

        3. You can’t predict the trade market from day to day let alone months in advance. Assuming it was a good move because no one was available isn’t a great reason to not have him go through surgery.

        4. Can’t argue that one. Youkilis is as fragile as a crystal vase. He was a terrible idea because of the injury history and to think he could be a 1st basemen in a pinch was even worse. Who was to say he would survive his first day at 3b!?! Then poof….there goes our “depth”.

        You make valid points but I don’t think they outweigh the positive results of getting healthy ASAP and putting in as much PT/off season workouts as possible.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          You still haven’t addressed that you’re advocating for the more invasive procedure first.

          Vicki also correctly points out below that there was a 70% chance rehab would have worked for him.

          We want to avoid the process sometimes and just get to the solution. Process is important.

          • RetroRob says:

            Yes. You don’t do wrist surgery just for the fun of it. There is a risk (small, but still a risk) that he will never be the same after the surgery. Surgery is not minor and should be used only as a last option.

        • OhioYanks says:

          I would say that you’re really stretching it here.

      • OhioYanks says:


        Also nice that they held onto Overbay. I mean I don’t know if Dan Johnson or whoever is substantially worse than Overbay, but one negative that could have come about never did in that they held onto Overbay.

    • Betty Lizard says:

      IIRC, there was a 70% chance Teixiera would NOT need surgery.

      Don’t know about you, but I’d definitely try to rehab the wrist first, given those odds.

      Especially when surgery can go wrong have unhoped-for results.

    • LK says:

      From my understanding, he’ll still have plenty of time to build strength before next year. I’m not sure there was anything to lose give the specifics of this particular injury.

      Now, something like Banuelos last year where he sat around for 6 months then needed Tommy John anyway? You’d be right on in that case.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        And, to be fair, none of us were there when the Banuelos decisions were being made. It’s entirely possible that’s the only way that could have gone as well.

      • OhioYanks says:

        TJS is commonplace enough that I am inclined to agree, but at the same time it’s kind of silly to sit around second guessing Dr.s who actually examined these guys if you don’t fit that description.

        • LK says:

          Oh, I don’t really think you make the criticism without the benefit of hindsight. I just think in Tex’s case even with the hindsight they made the right call. In Banuelos’ case they didn’t. That’s all.

  11. LK says:

    Well, obviously this is lame. It’s also not unexpected. On the bright side, finding a league-average-hitting corner IF and corner OF should be doable, relatively cheap, and a big upgrade.

  12. mitch says:

    Better to find out now than later. He can come back for all of 2014, and they’ll have a nice chunk of change to spend on a replacement this year. Hopefully they don’t waste too much time before making a move.

  13. I'mVernonI'mVernon4U says:

    I guess the silver lining in all of this is that the WBC covers his salary. Might make a trade deadline acquisition a bit easier.

  14. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Tex on the radio now.

    I do love him. He’s the ultimate jock. He’s the kind of guy to which you say “Mark, you’re having season-ending surgery” and he goes, “YEAH! SURGERY! LET’S DO IT!”

  15. The Evil Umpire says:

    Mark Teixiera’s Wrist… I think that’s what I’m naming my new punk band!

  16. trr says:

    I was in a punk band a million years ago.
    we were called “Sloppy Bastards”
    they threw shit at us ’til we got off the stage

  17. Phil says:

    Kendry Morales….

  18. Pat D says:

    ESPN now reporting the surgery is a go.

    Which we pretty much knew from this report.

  19. Jag(ielo)off says:

    Wrist surgery is really awful for chronic masturbaters I assume, unless he’s a switch hitter at that too.

  20. Paco Dooley says:

    If they lose the WBC money because they activated him for those games, how stupid will that look? Compounds his loss.

  21. WhittakerWalt says:

    Everybody owes me $1000.

  22. UncleArgyle says:

    The silver lining is that Mark Texeria is no longer good at baseball and the WBC has to pay his salary. Maybe they’ll use that salary freedom on someone who isn’t totally washed.

    • jjyank says:

      “Mark Texeria is no longer good at baseball”


      I stopped reading there.

      • jjyank says:

        Even in 2012, and continues to decline, he was 16% above league average, along with elite defense. So your comment is dumb.

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          Haters gonna hate. One would think the past few months of Lyle Overbay has taught us the value of Mark Teixeira, but no.

  23. Dalek Jeter says:

    So…if Tex’s entire year’s salary is covered by the WBC, does that mean it’s subtracted from his contract visa-vie the luxury tax?

  24. Joe says:

    What’s a realistic trade proposal for Morse?

  25. OldYanksFan says:

    OK…. who is the RH Batter we can get, who will stand at 1st and hit Lefties just a bit?

  26. RetroRob says:

    Well, at least they know what they’re facing and can focus on bringing in another bat for 1B.

  27. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Unless there was some chance of Tex having the surgery as early as possible and then being able to come back for the end of the 2013 season and/or postseason, then surgery taking place in June/July as opposed to March/April is not really much of a concern.

  28. The Doctor says:

    I’d like to see then grab Corey Hart for the stretch run. Play 1st against lefties, shift out to right field and have Overbay at 1st against righties. If Zoilo can hold up as the left handed part of the outfield platoon (let’s face it, Ichiro’s not going anywhere and he’s at least providing value with the glove when he’s not hitting), that’s an adequate patch up job. Ideally you’d like to see them acquire both a RF and 1B for the second half but the price is going to get out of hand, might as well get a guy who can do both.

    Of course if they don’t want to wait for him I be healthy they could go after Morse and stick him in the same role, but his outfield defense is absolutely putrid. If they need to I think they could get away with hiding him in RD, but I’d prefer someone who’s at least just below average instead of a legitimate worst defender in the game candidate.

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