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Mark Teixeira says he’s close to 100% healthy

Dec 23, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

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Mark Teixeira told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that he is close to 100 percent healthy. Healthy, but still tight:

“I feel like I’m healed. I wish I was a little bit looser; my wrist is going to be tight for a while because of the way the surgery was performed … but that’s why I’m doing rehab every day and doing exercises every day. I’ll start swinging a bat in January and that will also help loosen it up.”

We’ve learned by now not to expect a healthy Teixeira until we actually see one. But if he is feeling good, it’d be a big deal. The Yankees have made a lot of moves this winter, but it’s hard to see how they can be truly competitive in the AL East if they have to punt first base production all year like they did last year.

 

  1. bobwsc - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    bring back Clu Haywood

  2. fanofevilempire - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    we need you Tex!

    • bigmeechy74 - Dec 25, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      (gag)

  3. sometimesimisscandlestick - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    But is he in the BSOHL?

  4. cackalackyank - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Let’s not forget that “almost” only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. We need a healthy Teixeira to be sure. However, when was the last time he didn’t have at least one stint on the 15 day DL? I will admit I am lazy and guess it was 2009. Right now I do not see a name on the roster that I immediately identify as the back up for when he gets his annual owie The idea of ending up playing McCann at first with any regularity does not inspire confidence. According to the depth chart the #1 backup is Johnson, but if A-rod is suspended he can’t play both 1st and 3rd. If one of the “extra” outfielders has a first baseman’s mit they know how to use I think it gives them a leg up on the other “extras”, and I believe, ironically, that is Wells. If not, there was a post yesterday about Overbay. While I do not want to “punt” on first base it seems either Overbay or Reynolds should get a call. If neither has a job come late February I would give one of them a non-roster invite.

    • bigharold - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      “..when was the last time he didn’t have at least one stint on the 15 day DL? ”

      “We’ve learned by now not to expect a healthy Teixeira until we actually see one.”

      Really? Up until last season Teixeria averaged 150 games a year, .. so it would seem that the notion that he’s fragile is the product of lazy or poor observation. Check the records, his first three years with the Yankees he averaged about 157 games a year.

      • jwbiii - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:26 PM

        I keep track of this sort of stuff:

        6/16/2013 60 DL Wrist
        5/31/2013 Activated
        3/22/2013 60 DL Wrist
        9/09/2012 Strained left calf (Not a DL stint but missed three weeks)
        7/13/2007 Activated
        6/09/2007 Strained quadriceps
        4/29/2004 Activated
        4/14/2004 Oblique

        Teixeira has been quite healthy over the course of his career.

      • cackalackyank - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        He is not getting any younger it may be lazy, but that is no poor observation, its a fact.

      • cackalackyank - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:20 PM

        He may have averaged 157 games a season, but the decline in production at the plate is obvious. It is not likely to get any better recovering from the tendon sheath injury during his age 34 season.

    • cackalackyank - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Judging from the number of thumbs down here it is true what they say. Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt. Merry Christmas to one and all.

      • bigmeechy74 - Dec 25, 2013 at 8:34 PM

        you are a weird guy

  5. uyf1950 - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    One can only hope that Tex closes the gap between close to 100% healthy and is 100% healthy. The Yankees need him in the line up and at 1st base.

  6. ditto65 - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    “He then turned, tripped over his favorite Chihuahua, and – in an attempt to save said dog from certain death – dove towards his lesser prized pooch, landed awkwardly, and broke his wrist.”

    • rbj1 - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      Hey, I resemble that. Had to let the dogs out in the middle of the night, years ago, had to carry dog #1 downstairs — too crippled & arthritic to walk down — tripped over the Chihuahua and slammed my back into the corner of the wall. Dislocated the four bottom vertebrae. Took a couple of months of PT, but I’m never trusting my back 100% again.

    • anxovies - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      We’re talking about Tex here, not Joba. lol

      • nbjays - Dec 24, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        No, because with Joba, there’d be a trampoline and an insect swarm in the story somewhere.

  7. Reflex - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    This does not sound good. Players with wrist problems often are decent hitters but power is lost. Tex hitting like Lyle Overbay is not what the Yanks need…

  8. bigharold - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    “Players with wrist problems often are decent hitters but power is lost.’

    You mean like David Ortiz?? Yeah I guess you have a point.

    • Reflex - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      Try Domonic Brown and the two years it took him to get his power back. Or Pablo Sandoval who still hasn’t got his back. For lots of players the wrist is a bad place to get hurt, especially power hitters. It depends on the injury, but it seems to be one that often saps power.

  9. ejannetta - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    He’ll probably be back on the DL after taking his first swings at T-Ball.

  10. dylanthom2013 - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Don’t forget his D. Could still be one of the best gloves at 1B in MLB. Ivan Nova and his extreme groundball tendencies will be elated to have M. T. back.

  11. dirtyharry1971 - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    write him down for .270\32Hr’s\110 Rbi’s

    • cackalackyank - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      Really? What Year are you writing that down for? 2009? 2010? His batting line wasn’t anything like that in one or more categories since then.

      • bigharold - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:30 AM

        2009 through 2012 his line was .263/34Hrs/106rbis with an OBP of .357 while playing excellent defense.

        And yes, I’m aware that “It is not likely to get any better recovering from the tendon sheath injury during his age 34 season.” Just ask David Ortiz. Oh, .. wait.

        You think he going to be terrible, .. fine. I expect him to comeback and put out a Mark Teixeira performance. Either of those projections are merely opinion. Except he was a way better than you are insinuating he has been the last few years and the facts prove that. There is ample reason to suggest the he will bounce back to form and if you are going to denigrate his recent production then you should be sure of the facts before hand or at least not state things that are so easily refutable. Whether it be lazy or poor observations or willfully biased, .. you’re just wrong.

      • Reflex - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:32 AM

        Teixeira hasn’t put on a Teixeira performance since 2009. Arbitrary start points are fun, you picked one specifically to include one of his best seasons to attempt to weight the fact that from 2010-2012 he was only a .252/.347/32HR/101RBI player. Ignoring the fact that RBI’s are a pointless metric(team dependent), do you really think that at age 34 he’s going to play like he did at 29?

        At best you will get the line I just put up. At worst it could get ugly…

      • uyf1950 - Dec 24, 2013 at 7:00 AM

        Personally for Tex I’m thinking: .260 BA, 25 HR’s and about 80 RBI’s and about 140 plus games played.
        While I’m at it might as well add in thoughts on Jeter: .265 BA, 7 HR’s about 50 RBI’s and about 120 games in the field and about 20 games DH’ing about 500 to 520 PA’s.

        If both those guys come close to those numbers this Yankee fan will be a very happy camper because with the additions of Ellsbury, McCann and Beltran and Soriano doing more then his share of DH’ing the Yankees offense should be pretty strong.

      • Reflex - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        uyf1950 – I think that’s a far more reasonable expectation. And it will be a huge improvement over last year. I think his BA is likely to be lower, its been on the decline for years, but I can still see 25HR power.

        I think you are optimistic on Jeter however. I have a feeling that by midseason its going to be clear he is finished. Soriano is a net negative, the best OF they can trot out there is Ellsbury/Gardner/Beltran, if Soriano is playing on any sort of a regular basis they are in deep trouble. If they are lucky A-Rod beats the rap and manages a .265/.330/20HR line as well, which these days would be an upper tier 3B. In that scenario the black holes at second and short won’t seem quite so bad.

        If they were willing to do all it took to win, they’d start defending A-Rod, move Jeter to 2B and play Brendan Ryan at short relying on his defense to make up for the lack of offense.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 24, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        @ Reflex, it’s just my opinion but I think you underestimate Soriano. I do think the majority of his play will be at DH but I also expect him to to get in about 30 or 40 games in the field.

        I agree that under ideal circumstances Jeter would be moved to 2nd base and Ryan the SS and that might happen at some point in the season but not at the start of the season. Jeter is to entrenched as the SS both ego wise and in most fans minds (although not mine). But unlike you offensively I think he will be serviceable and defensively he will be good with the balls he gets to. I don’t think think it’s a secret that his range while not being good before will probably take another step back.

        As for 3rd base, originally I was hoping for A-Rod to get the full years suspension but I have since done a complete turnaround. I now believe it is in the Yankees best interest that the shorter the suspension the better. My hope is that it’s no longer then the one Braun got 65 games and if it’s less all the better.

        Just one final comment to address one other point you made. I do believe far and away that Ellsbury/Gardner and Beltran will be the 3 outfielders the Yankees trot out on defense most of the games.

      • Reflex - Dec 24, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        I see no reason to look at the final two months of last season and assume that it outweighs the past three years of suck. Soriano had a glorious return to NY. But that was two months out of three years of below league average production and terrible defense on top of it. At best he is relief for Beltran occasionally, but the less of that the better. I’d honestly rather see Ichiro or Wells in relief of Beltran, both are defensively better than Soriano and no worse with the bat.

        Keeping Jeter at short will make the entire infield incredibly porous for little upside offensively. I mean I know it will happen, but even a best case scenario with A-Rod/Jeter/Johnson/Teixiera is very compromised defensively, but by moving Jeter to second his sub-par offense is less of an issue, his range is less of an issue(especially putting Ryan in at SS) and it keeps Kelly Johnson off second as he’s not a good defender either(and ideally his bat out of the lineup if A-Rod beats the rap).

      • uyf1950 - Dec 24, 2013 at 6:16 PM

        Reflex, we are going to have to agree to disagree as it relates to Soriano’s value to the Yankees as it relates to Wells and Ichiro. Have a safe Holiday.

      • Reflex - Dec 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        I’m just curious, but what did you see that made you think he would be any better than he’s been for years now? Is it just gut feeling or do you have something you can point at?

      • uyf1950 - Dec 24, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        Even these past 3 or 4 years he’s always had pretty decent power and a very respectable SLG% his defense has gotten better the past couple of years. And lets be honest playing the last several years for the Cubs has to wear on a player. I just think he’s better then you’ve made him out to be and with the change of scenery with the Yankees and a new role maybe he got his competitive juices going again.

      • Reflex - Dec 24, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        He’s turning 38. His average bWAR over the past few years was 1.4, well below an average major leaguer. Fangraph’s Steamer projection has him at .238/.293/19HR next season. And that’s the higher of the two projection systems they offer.

        Ichiro has averaged 1.3 bWAR over the past three seasons, but at least his projection is .280/.315 which is not great but won’t hurt you at certain places in the lineup. And he still has a great arm and covers a lot of ground in the OF.

        Neither is a great option, but as improved as Alfonso may be, he is still a liability compared to Ichiro or Beltran. Plus Ichiro can play all three OF positions in a pinch, which has more value.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 24, 2013 at 8:04 PM

        My friend you are changing comparisons. Before it was always Ichiro and Wells. Now you’ve decided to change it to Ichiro and Beltran. There is NO question that Beltran is a much better option than Soriano.

        Like I said we are going to have to agree to disagree. BTW, there apparently is sizable disagreement between Steamer and Oliver on Fangraphs in several area’s concerning Soriano’s projections, such as: games, PA’s, HR’s, RBI’s which only reinforces my belief that they are “guesses”.

        We’ll see.

      • cackalackyank - Dec 24, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        I have to agree that Soriano’s main value is primarily going to be at DH. He will get some fill in time in the field but not a regular position. The outfield is going to be a jumble for some time to come, well, at least 2-3 weeks more. Once it is known how long A-rod is gone the depth chart can be revised. Currently, per the depth chart on Yankees.com Johnson is listed as the primary backup at 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Barring another move, once A-rod is out of the mix Johnson figures to be the 3rd baseman. That would push Wells to back up 1B. I got thumbs down before for pointing this out, but Teixeira’s durability is a big issue in shaping up the roster. Again there is time and other moves can/will be made but there are a few issues to be considered before the real 2014 Yankees emerge, specifically whether the NYY can just release Wells.

    • skids003 - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Harry, I hope you’re right, but I’m betting more like .250/20/80.

  12. anxovies - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Well, if he can’t get his wrists around at least we will see some hits to the left side.

  13. markofapro - Dec 24, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    He can’t pitch, so he can’t help the Yanks.

  14. deathmonkey41 - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    He’ll be giving himself an aneurysm trying to pull the ball out of the park in no time!

  15. bigmeechy74 - Dec 25, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    He isn’t even that good. And before anyone brings it up lemme say that I don’t give a crap about 1b defense. It doesn’t mean a damn thing. When they built that new ballpark i figure with that absurdly short right field fence he would hit 30 home runs at home every year. But he kind of sucks. What a terrible contract. Of course that’s the yankee way. Over pay and find a way to cheese out wins

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