Here's a bit of news the New York Yankees definitely did not need: Mark Teixeira will miss the rest of the 2013 season because his wrist injury, suffered in spring training and re-aggravated recently, will require surgery. Recovery will take six months.
At a Tuesday press conference, Teixeira told reporters, including Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:
"It's very tough, especially in a season where the team could probably use me ... I really would have loved to be a part of this."
It's yet another crushing injury for the Yankees — who have had Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Kevin Youkilis and Teixeira on the disabled list for most of the season. Like Granderson and Youkilis, Teixeira returned from injury only to get hurt again. Somehow, miraculously, Robinson Cano has managed to stay healthy for the Yanks.
Teixeira went on the disabled list last week after re-hurting his wrist. What was thought to be a minor injury that just needed rest, turned out to be a much bigger deal. Here's what the Yankees announced Wednesday:
“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."
Teixeira originally hurt his wrist in spring training, right before the World Baseball Classic, in which he supposed to play for Team USA. The injury, which came while Teixeira was hitting off a tee, kept him out until May 31. He played 15 games, hitting a mere .151 with three homers and 12 RBIs.
One suggestion, Mark: Don't tweet about your rehab.