Following the news that he will need season ending surgery to repair the tendon sheath in his wrist, Mark Teixeira spoke with the media about the injury:
Teixeira: "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."— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) June 26, 2013
The Yankees definitely needed him when the team has hit .236/.308/.341 against left-handed pitching and their best right-handed option is Jayson Nix and Chris Stewart. Lyle Overbay will be the starting first baseman, but he has hit .239/.282/.429 on the season. He might have a 106 wRC+ against righties, but against lefties he has only managed a 46 wRC+. The team will at least need a right-handed option at first base.
Teixeira: "We have pitch counts for pitchers. Maybe we should have swing counts for hitters" due to increased number of wrist injuries.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) June 26, 2013
I don't think he is blaming the organization for his rehab schedule or the way they handled him, but he is thinking there needs to be a better understanding of how the body reacts to swinging a bat. The problem is that sports injuries in general involve a lot of guesswork without surgery. We know how to fix an injury, whether someone needs surgery or not, but it's hard to understand proper alternative treatments. Wrist injuries need surgery, elbow injuries need surgery, there's no way around it, at least not yet.
Teixeira said he reinjured the wrist during the West Coast trip, though he can't pinpoint when, where or how it happened.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) June 26, 2013
Perhaps the Yankees should have been more conservative with his rehab, but at the time he seemed healthy. He never complained about any pain, so it's obvious that he must have re-injured it after returning.
Teixeira said the surgery will likely be next week. 4-5 months of rest and rehab: should be 100 percent in six months.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) June 26, 2013
Jose Bautista underwent surgery for a similar injury on September 4 and was ready by Opening Day, so Teixeira should be fine for the 2014 season. The problem is that wrist injuries are reoccurring and he's had some trouble with the other wrist before as well.
#yankees do have some insurance on teixeira. between wbc and nyy insurance, word is yanks have about 80 pct of pay covered— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 26, 2013
WBC insurance picked up around the 1st $7 million of Teixeira's $22.5M. Levine said Yanks have own insurance on rest. Didn't say how much.— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) June 26, 2013
Leaving him on the DL would have allowed New York to save all $22.5 million, since the World Baseball Classic would have paid for it. Now the Yankees are on the hook for the remaining $15.5 million for 2013, and if they have 80% of the total cost covered, that means that insurance will cover $18 million and the team will then have to pay around $4.5 million out of their own pocket. If the Yankees have an extra $18 million lying around to go toward the 2013 team, that could bring in another first baseman or more.
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