Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Teixeira and His Wrist Are Finished

Mark Teixeira will join Kevin Youkilis on the sideline.

The bad news everyone has been expecting for the last few days has come down from the front offices of the New York Yankees. First baseman Mark Teixeira will undergo season ending surgery to fix the injured sheath tendon in his right wrist.

Teixeira missed the first 53 games of the regular season after he injured his wrist working out with Team USA in preparation for the World Baseball Classic.

After he had just one hit in nine at-bats, Teixeira homered in three of four games, but was in a 3-31 tailspin when he was pulled from a contest with the Los Angeles Angels on June 15. He was sent back to New York ahead of the team to have the hand evaluated. An MRI showed inflammation, but no additional damage and Teixeira was administered a cortisone shot.

A week passed and Teixeira's wrist showed no improvement since he received the shot. A contrast MRI also showed that the wrist had not healed adequately.

The surgery will take place as soon as possible with a six month recovery expected. (Toronto's Jose Bautista went through the same procedure last season.) Teixeira has three years and $67.5MM left on his contract.

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