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Mark Teixeira hopes to be swinging full-speed by January

Nov 26, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT

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Mark Teixeira appeared on the YES Network last night and said that he hopes to be “swinging full-speed” in January. Of course swinging full-speed last March is what got him into this mess in the first place, but let us not dwell on that for the time being.

Teixeira, as you know, suffered a torn tendon sheath while preparing to play in the World Baseball Classic last spring. It did not respond well to treatment and he ended up having surgery over the summer.  He now thinks he can be playing in spring training games by March.

Sadly, Teixiera’s timetables have not lived up to expectations, so the Yankees would do well not to count on him as their everyday first baseman.

  1. uyf1950 - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Tex will be fine. He just needs to stay away from those dangerous Batting Tees like the one that was responsible for the injury initially.

    • drone501 - Nov 28, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      are you serious. this guy got hurt hitting off a batting tee. this is a joke, right? no way.

  2. Jason @ IIATMS - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Teix strikes me as a reasonable, logical thinker. He’s not one for hyperbole, one way or the other. So if he thinks he will be ready, I’m inclided to believe that.

    That said, remember when he was really, really good? That was, like, a long time ago.

    • cackalackyank - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      I think the last time he was really really good was 2009, the first year he was with NYY…been pretty much a long steady roll downhill since then.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        He caught Giambi Syndrome…hypnotized by the RF porch

      • cackalackyank - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        I thought it was called Granderson Syndrome.

      • chinahand11 - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        Strange, his career rather parallels (in some respects) Junior Griffey’s. Griffey was a big bopper until he went to Cincinnati. Had one good year (40 homers) then right downhill. And it was right after he was voted on the all time all star team.

  3. friscoal - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Swinging ‘full speed’ really means that we’ll once again be treated to groundballs into the teeth of the “Shift” resulting in single outs or double plays depending on the situation. Tex doesn’t realize that he’s being given the opportunity to hit over .400. He needs to learn to take what the defense gives him. His comeback; “They brought me here for RBI’s and home runs. They pay me for RBI’s and home runs.” Which is all hogwash. They pay him to help the team win and not to be a Prima Donna.

    • sincitybonobo - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Tex has had a very low BABIP in recent years. Failing to adjust to an obvious, predictable shift plays a role. Low BABIP isn’t just a product of bad luck. It’s also due to weak and misdirected contact. He should develop an up the middle / opposite field approach. 19 games against Joe Maddon should be incentive enough.

      • sportsfan18 - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        If Tex has had a “very low” BABIP for …”years” now as you say, is it really bad luck? I mean once it goes into years (plural), the odds would have to even out.

        Many have a bad season or stretch, but when it goes into years, well…

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        He tried changing his approach to more of an “all fields” variety” early on in 2012. The results were basically the same, but with less power. Perhaps it was just his usual early-season struggles playing out with the new approach, or perhaps he was unable to deploy a new approach. At the very least he should be practicing a butcher-boy slap to 3B so it is an available tool in those instances where a single is as good as a HR (down by 2 in the 9th etc)

      • deathmonkey41 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        He swears he was always a dead pull hitter, but I remember when he was with the Rangers, Angels, and Braves, he would shoot doubles into opposite field gaps a lot.

  4. pisano - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    All the more reason to resign Mark Reynolds, and he’ll come fairly cheap. He plays first, third, and in a pinch second base, this guy will be an asset to the Yankees.

  5. southofheaven81 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Translation: Get ready to play a lot, Overbay.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Another guy who has attended the Kevin Long school of hitting. Pull everything while swinging for the fences every time. Every time Tex swings, it looks like he’s having a stroke.

    • cackalackyank - Nov 26, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      I am glad I am not the only one that sees this. Yet K long keeps his job.

  7. mazblast - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Given the accuracy of the timetables we were given on Teixeira and Captain Intangibles last year (and Granderson, and Youk, and…), I have to wonder if the Yankees hired the old Mets medical staff.

  8. ejannetta - Nov 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Anyone know the Over/Under on whether Tex lands on the DL before May 1st?

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