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Mark Teixeira could be out until early June

Apr 30, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

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Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira had been aiming to make his season debut on May 1 but acknowledged last week that his strained wrist was not far along enough to allow him to meet that goal.

Teixeira is currently limited to dry swings and the Yankees are not sure when he might be ready to ramp up his rehab to slightly more strenuous baseball activities like soft toss or tee work.

Which brings us to this tweet from Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com:

Lyle Overbay will continue to serve as the Yankees’ primary first baseman. Teixeira, who posted the worst OPS of his career last season, is owed $22.5 million this year and $67.5 million between 2014 and 2016.

The 33-year-old injured his right wrist in March while preparing for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    This is kind of hard to properly express….but does it seem to anyone else that Teixeira got old really fast?

    Like out of nowhere?

    As someone who hates the Yankees, I like seeing that (nothing personal to Mark of course)….but it seems like he doesn’t profile as a guy who should decline that quickly.

    Now as a pessimist who hates the Yankees, I wonder if this might be a case like Paul Konerko who had a couple of uncharacteristic seasons in his early 30s and seemed on the decline, and then bounced back and then you look at him playing well still and go “Wait….wasn’t he washed up not that long ago?”

    I’m curious to see how it plays out.

    • cackalackyank - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      I know what you mean. Whether you are a Yankee fan like me, or a Baseball fan of another team it seems Tex has not aged gracefully. I think there are a few other players that are either flaming out early or struggling at an age that seems a bit young. Pujols comes to mind as another name that might be in this pattern. I hate to think it…but I wonder if there are issues with substances, (not peds or steroids per se) that are used in training in High School, and College programs that just cause some guys to peak early. I am not a Doctor or a nutritionist but I do know there are certain Vitamins that you just can’t use or OVER use without there being some bad side effects.

    • bigharold - May 1, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      “..but does it seem to anyone else that Teixeira got old really fast?”

      No, unless you want to be more specific. This is essentially the same injury that Jose Bautista had last year. How is it that there was no such talk of his accelerated aging?

      If he had chronic issues with a back or his legs or if he had a significant DL history you might have a point. So far this is an injury that needs to be over come and the only thing that could be worst than having to have surgery that would likely end the rest of his season would be coming back too soon and re-injuring the wrist ensuring that season ending surgery was needed.

      There is no rush for him to come back since even as depleted as the Yankees have been due to injury to their big bats they are two games off the pace in thte AL East with the 3rd best record in the AL.

      • badintent - May 1, 2013 at 2:42 AM

        Exactly.yankee haters never let facts get in their way in their demented twisted voment. In tbbuckfuter I give you Exhibit A. As In asshole.Must be a bitch rooting for his team whoever they are.

      • js20011041 - May 1, 2013 at 7:47 AM

        Teixeira has been on a downward slope for the last several years. OPS since 2008: .962, ,.948, .846, .835, .807. He hasn’t actually gotten old fast. It’s that in the post steroid era, players are going through the stages of decline at a more normal age. Remember the early 2000’s when many of the best players in baseball were around 40? You won’t be seeing that nearly as much now.

    • scoocha - May 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      Another hard to rebound from (for some reason) baseball injury.

      I don’t know about getting old fast and just not having the mental makeup to wear such a heavy jersey. Just another example of a player stealing money from the NYY. Add him to the list – Kenny Rogers, Carl Pavano, Ed Whitson, etc.He would have excelled in a non-pressure small market environment.

      Great fielder though.

  2. historiophiliac - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    This is the honest to God truth: I watched a Yankees game and they had a contest wherein fans could win by correctly texting who would return from the DL first.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      What do they win?

      A chance to start at Catcher?

    • cackalackyank - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Well, leaving Youkilis aside since right now he is listed as 15 days, I have to go with Granderson being the first to come back now. I believe the “10 weeks” is May 12th. Of course none of the recovery times given have held up on the other major injuries, however, Granderson is the youngest patient at M*A*S*H NYY.

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  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    The way that Overbay has been hitting, Teixeira may as well take his time.

    • dirtyharry1971 - May 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      and the way the jays have been hitting and pitching and fielding, they might as well mail in the rest of the season!

    • genericcommenter - May 1, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Who’s your team?

  5. 13arod - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    this isn’t true

    • jwbiii - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      But it’s a nice thought if you’re a fan of another AL East team.

  6. yanksgiants - May 1, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    While Tex is owed $22.5 million this season, I believe the World Baseball Classic is paying his salary while on the DL. If he doesn’t come back until June, it sounds like the WBC will be covering about $7.5 million of this.

  7. hitdog042 - May 2, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Uh. Overbay is hitting .247 w an OBP of .289 proudly C.

    Unless you think that’s good.

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