New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is facing surgery on his right wrist that likely would end his season, the team announced Wednesday.
The Yankees said in a release that Dr. Christopher Ahmad, the team physician, and several hand specialists recommended surgery to repair a tear of the tendon sheath after examining the wrist and seeing the results of a recent MRI.
The injury originally occurred during spring training while Teixeira was hitting off a tee in preparation for the World Baseball Classic. Teixeira returned to the Yankees on May 31 and aggravated the injury on June 15. He went back on the disabled list and a cortisone shot proved ineffective.
Limited to 15 games this season, the 33-year-old Teixeira is hitting .151 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 53 at-bats.
Teixeira, a two-time All-Star, is on a star-studded list of Yankees players -- Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Curstis Granderson and Kevin Youkilis -- who have missed most or all of the season with injuries.
---New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said he posted an update on his health status out of "pure excitement" and didn't intend to rile general manager Brian Cashman.
Cashman didn't like one bit that Rodriguez chose to share that doctors cleared him to play in games.
In fact, Cashman was steamed about the tweet when first questioned about it Tuesday.
"You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, (we will)," Cashman told ESPN New York. "Alex should just shut the (expletive) up. That's it. I'm going to call Alex now."
Rodriguez issued a statement Wednesday through spokesperson Ron Berkowitz.
"I will continue to work hard until my efforts get me back in pinstripes and help my team win," the statement read. "The tweet was pure excitement about Dr. (Bryan) Kelly's prognosis."
Rodriguez's post on Twitter that sparked outrage from Cashman Tuesday went like this: "Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news -- the green light to play games again!"
Just a day earlier, Cashman told ESPN New York that Rodriguez was not yet ready for rehab games and that Kelly was only involved in the hip surgery and recovery but not in the decision-making process on Rodriguez's return to the field.
Rodriguez underwent hip surgery on Jan. 16 and has not played this season. He has been working out at the team's spring training complex in Tampa, Fla., and is expected to be back with the Yankees sometime around the All-Star break in mid-July.
---The Chicago Cubs and their top pick in the 2013 draft appear to be far apart in contract negotiations, according to reports.
Power-hitting third baseman Kris Bryant, the No. 2 pick overall, is one of the few first-round selections who have yet to sign. The deadline is July 15.
Bryant belted 31 home runs this year as the junior for the University of San Diego -- 10 more than anyone else in college baseball.
According to CBSSports.com, Bryant is seeking around $6.7 million and the Cubs are offering about $6 million. He is represented by agent Scott Boras
The Houston Astros recently signed Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick, for $6.35 million.
Twenty-six of the 33 first-round selections in this year's draft have signed.
If Bryant and the Cubs fail to reach an agreement, he could return to San Diego for his senior season and take his chances in the 2014 draft.