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Mark Teixeira to have season-ending surgery

Jun 26, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

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Bad, bad news for the Yankees and Mark Teixeira. An official statement from the Yankees, marking the end of Teixeira’s season:

“After a recent MRI with dye contrast was performed on Mark Teixeira’s right wrist, New York Yankees Team Physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad, along with Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser and two other New York-based hand specialists (Dr. Michelle Carlson from the Hospital for Special Surgery and Dr. Keith Raskin from NYU) confirmed that the sheath has not adequately healed.  Surgery has been recommended to repair the tear on the tendon sheath of his wrist.”

Injured during the runup to the World Baseball Classic, Teixeira only managed 63 ineffective plate appearances this year. He’s 33 now and is under contract through 2016 at $22.5 million a year.

Given the severity of this injury and the fact that it has often sapped power and production from other players who have had it in the past — Mark DeRosa is one; while Jose Bautista is a more optimistic example — one has to wonder if that’s not a worse contract than A-Rod’s at this point.

  1. aceshigh11 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:35 PM

  2. jayscarpa - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    He’s still only 33. I wouldn’t give up on him yet.

    • paperlions - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      He’ll be 34 next April. There are only 19 regular position players in MLB this year that are 34 or older. About 1/2 of them are essentially replacement level players. Once you get to 33, a player could fall off a cliff at any moment…sometimes it doesn’t happen until after he’s 40, you just never know until he gets there.

      M-Teix has been in a steady decline since 2009. I wouldn’t be particularly optimistic at this point.

      • fpstratton - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        I have to agree. In fact, if the Yankees hadn’t won it all in 2009, Teixeira’s first year with the club, this guy would be considered a flat-out bust. I don’t see a return to the kind of numbers he put up in Texas and Atlanta.

      • pisano - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        You’re being very kind, this guys been in a nose dive since 09.

    • pjmarn6 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      From reading the article, it sounds almost like Craig Calcaterra is happy this happened to Mark Teixeira.

  3. bfriley76 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Is MLB still on the hook for his contract (given this injury occurred during the WBC) even though he came off the DL for a brief period, since this is technically still the same injury?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      No idea as there appear to be conflicting reports:

      http://riveraveblues.com/2013/06/waldstein-teixeiras-salary-covered-by-wbc-during-latest-setback-89611/

    • flamethrower101 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      As far as I understand, once Tex was activated, the WBC was relieved of all financial responsibility on his contract. Now the Yankees are stuck with him.

      • flamethrower101 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        Of course that’s not taking into consideration any insurance the Yankees have on his contract. I don’t know if they have his contract insured or not.

      • stevefromwaltham - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        You would be incorrect. The WBC is on the hook for the financial responsibility for the time Teixeira was injured because the injury occured during his time with the WBC and never healed. The Yankees get relief for almost all of the salary Teixeira is due this season.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        Where is it reported that the WBC is on the hook for his salary?

        Was looking for that info but couldn’t locate it.

  4. mybrunoblog - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    I think most Yankee fans saw this coming. I was surprised he even came back this season for a few weeks. Let’s hope the Bautista injury is a template and Tex can come back and be productive in 2014.

  5. serbingood - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    If it effects his hitting left handed, then let him just bat right handed for the 2014 season and beyond if needed. His fielding is still majestic and he isn’t a bad right handed batter. I don’t really see a down side to this for 2014 and beyond.

  6. specialkindofstupid - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    When asked for comment, Brian Cashman, while burning an effigy of Alex Rodriguez, replied: “Golly gee wiz, what horrible news. I feel so bad for Mark. I hope he’ll be okay.”

  7. rickdobrydney - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Three cheers for the WBC——

  8. ezthinking - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    David Ortiz had the same injury in 2008 at 32 years old. He seems to have done OK since.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      Seems like that’s a good comparison, and only took him about 1.5 years to get back to his usual self.

      1.5 years

      /goes into a corner to cry

      • neoshweaty - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        Tex would be so lucky to continue to have the season that Ortiz had in 2009. It would basically mean he would repeat his 2012 season instead of continuing to decline.

  9. mikeymaerz - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Craig you are a moron for saying worse it could possibly worse than A-Rod. Tex has consistently been a gold glove first baseman and produced since he was signed. Helped them win a World Series and will be fine when he comes back. Tex is a quality ball player.

    • vlock1 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      ARod essentially won them that World Series.

  10. yem123 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Yeah, even if his power goes down, Tex is one of the best fielding 1Bs in the game. Anyone who watches the Yanks on a regular basis knows this.

    • fpstratton - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      Agreed, but that’s an awfully large salary for even the best of fielding first basemen. He was brought to New York to hit, and to me, he has been a disappointment…not a flop, because he did help New York to the world championship in 2009.

    • giantsninerswarriors - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      “Anyone who watches the Yanks on a regular basis is a knob.”

      Fixed.

  11. jrbdmb - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    $22 million for an aging no-hit 1B with a decent glove. What a bargain.

    • roverboy1949 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      It’s still cheaper than A-Rod.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      aging no-hit 1B

      Ranks of all 1b since ’08 thru ’12:

      wOBA – 8th (.379)
      wRC+ – 8th (133)

      Generally behind Pujols, Votto, Cabera, Fielder, Gonzalez. Definitely a no-hit player…

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Ha ha ha…he’s a 20 mil+ Doug Mientkiewicz!

      Ha ha ha ha!

  12. 13arod - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    bfriley76 the Yankees president said no

  13. roverboy1949 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    As a Red Sox fan, I hope MT can come back next year. I miss the great games between two of the best teams in baseball. When both are at full strength, there aren’t many match-ups that are better than these guys. Good luck, Mark. Hurry back.

  14. lncrprl - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    “one has to wonder if that’s not a worse contract than A-Rod’s at this point.”
    IMO, They’re all bad!….When was the last time the Yankees signed someone to a contract that was “good for baseball”…..I rest my case!

  15. spursareold - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious.

  16. northstarnic - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Oh, that’s too bad.

  17. kev86 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Bust! 09 yanks were juiced out of their minds too!

  18. kvanhorn87 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    We have Ryan Howard available….,just saying.

  19. kvanhorn87 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Difference is Ortiz had HGH to help him recover.

  20. badintent - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Gotta be the shoes

  21. federmattingly - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    What a shame. I’m a Yankee fan, Teixeira’s my favorite Yankee. He always plays hard, has a good attitude, and is incredibly straightforward, interesting, intelligent, and honest in interviews. He says things that other ballplayers don’t say, like he is overpaid, like he can feel his body changing as he ages and he knows he has to make adjustments in his style of play to accomodate it. Listen to him talk about his swing and it’s a fascinating tutorial on the mechanics of hitting and what he feels he’s doing wrong and right, rather than the normal fluff about helping the team and feeling good. I also believe him when he says he doesn’t take performance enhancing drugs. So… it’s too bad, big loss. Here’s to next year Tex!!

  22. ppdoc13 - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Couldn’t think of a better player or a better team to have it happen. Grew up in Baltimore as an oriole fan, signs with the yank-mes and in his pressed talks about how he was always a closet Yankee and Donny baseball fan. I hope that the Yankees have to eat every dime of his contract.

    Meanwhile Chris Davis is hitting the cover off the ball and we got him for Komi uehara. One of the greatest steals in baseball

  23. hitdog042 - Jun 28, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Cashman is the king of bad contracts. The king baby.

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