The Yankees are back where they started.
Mark Teixeira appears to be headed back to the disabled list with an inflamed tendon in his right wrist, a move general manager Brian Cashman hinted could take place before Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers.
“I’m leaning personally toward the disabled list there,” Cashman said, noting that Teixeira will be out at least a week as he lets Sunday’s cortisone injection take effect and works his way back with tee work and batting practice. “Because of that, I’m leaning toward not being in that situation for a week. Especially given what he’s going through, giving him the extra week is going to make a lot more sense.”
Teixeira’s latest setback was considered good news, as an MRI revealed no new tear of the tendon sheath that kept him out of action for the first two months of the season. But Cashman didn’t rule out the possibility of season-ending surgery if Teixeira is unable to keep the wrist healthy going forward.
“Is this something that’s a recurring theme because of the previous injury that’s going to prevent him from being all he can be? If that’s the case, he’ll have to have surgery,” Cashman said. “That’s not a long-term concern; it would be a this-year concern.
“It could be as simple as it got inflamed, we have to calm it down and then turn him loose and he doesn’t have an issue going forward, or it’s a much broader issue that has every relevance to that injury and it’s not going to survive. I can’t tell you. I don’t think anybody honestly can tell you right now.”
When Teixeira suffered the torn tendon sheath in early-March, doctors told the Yankees there was a 70% chance the injury would heal without surgery. Given that surgery would have knocked him out for all of 2013, the decision not to send him for surgery was easy.
Mark Teixeira is hitting .151 in the 15 games he’s played since coming off the disabled list.
“If he had the surgery back then, we wouldn’t have had him all year regardless,” Cashman said. “This still gives him a chance to fight through it. If he needs the surgery, he needs it. No one is holding that back. If it’s recommended, that’s what we’ll do. Right now, they’re not recommending it.”
Teixeira is hitting .151/.270/.340 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 15 games since coming back, but he went 3-for-31 (.097) over his last nine games before pulling himself from Saturday’s game because of weakness in his wrist.
Just as Joe Girardi dismissed it on Sunday, Cashman seemed disinterested in the idea of using Teixeira in a platoon with Lyle Overbay if the wrist prevents him from hitting lefthanded.
“I would think that if it’s something that is going to prevent him from playing, that would make him a part-time player, I’d rather he just go get it fixed,” Cashman said. “Up until him pulling himself from the game because he was having issues, there’s been no conversations that have been conveyed to our medical staff, our doctors, front office, that he was having any issues at any time.”
Saturday night, hitting coach Kevin Long said he didn’t know if Teixeira’s wrist had “been right since he’s been here,” a comment which seemed to irk Cashman.
“It’s alarming in the fact that K-Long would say that to the group of the reporters but he never said that prior to that,” Cashman said. “This is a lot of times how things work out when things go bad, things get said that if K-Long felt that way he should have been saying that from day one, but we never heard that from K-Long.
“Am I mad at Kevin Long because of that? No. But do I think that that commentary jibes with Kevin Long’s comments internally in that clubhouse regarding this player prior to him going down? The answer absolutely is not. … So if K-Long said that, he’s a monk because he kept his mouth shut the whole time.”