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Teixeira: “Doctors told me it’s a classic baseball injury”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 07, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It was pretty quickly overshadowed by the Mariano Rivera news, but Mark Teixeira did speak to reporters today for the first time since his wrist injury. We already knew most of the basics, but here’s Teixeira explaining some of the details.

What exactly happened?
“It was really weird. (I was doing) the same things I do every day. I’ve been swinging with a weighted bat off the tee for the past four years now, just because I feel like it keeps me strong, it really loosens me up. I was swinging with my weighted bat. It was the fifth or sixth swing off the tee before batting practice on Tuesday. I just felt something kind of tighten up in my wrist and went into the training room immediately afterward.”

Did doctors bring up surgery?
“That doesn’t look like it’s necessary. It’s just a strain. The problem is, the doctors told me it’s a classic baseball injury; an overuse injury where I just have to let it heal. It’s not one of those things I can play through. And I can’t play at 70 or 80 percent because then you have the opportunity of completely tearing it and then you will need surgery. That’s why we have the conservative timetable of eight to 10 weeks because we really don’t know exactly how long it’s going to take, but it has to heal fully. … The doctors made it very clear to me they weren’t going to let me swing until I was 100-percent pain free. However long that takes, we don’t know. That’s why we have the conservative 8 to 10 weeks. We really don’t know how long it’s going to take for me to swing pain free.”

Need to do anything differently to maintain and protect it?
“I’m going to start taping my wrist. I’ve never really been someone who wanted to tape by wrist. I started taping my left wrist last year because of the little nagging thing I had last year with it. I’ll start taping my right wrist, and doctor also told me, stop swinging with the weighted bat. I swing twice as much as anybody as it is. This is just kind of one of those overuse injuries, unfortunately.”

Are you able to do other workouts?
“Absolutely. I’m starting to work out today. I went to the doctor this morning to get fitted for a special cast that I can work out in. It’s removable. I’ll be doing all kinds of cardio. I can start swinging with a one-handed bat here soon, taking groundballs soon. We’re going to let it calm down for a week or two, and once that calms down, I’ll be on the field in my cleats running the bases and taking grounders and swinging with one hand. I’m definitely not going to let my body get out of shape.”

Expecting a lengthy rehab once healthy?
“I won’t start from scratch. Once I’m healthy, once my wrist is healthy, I just need a couple of games to get my timing down. That’s the plan. I’ll be back in Tampa in the near future, taking groundballs, wearing those cleats, out running the bases, doing everything. I might actually have my body in better shape because I won’t be playing games. I’ll be able to do a whole lot of cardio and a whole lot of ground balls; one-arm swiniging. The only thing I need is a few games to get my timing back, and that’s the goal.”

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36 Responses to “Teixeira: “Doctors told me it’s a classic baseball injury””

  1. blake March 7th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    So 10 weeks is like late May….then another month or so for him to find his timing ….so hopefully he will be a contributor by July

  2. MG March 7th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I just got home and read about Mariano’s decision to retire.

    While it’s not unexpected it is an announcement no Yankees fan wants to hear.

    One of kind, the best now, the best there ever was (sorry Bret Hart).

    Thank you, Mo, for all the years of pleasure watching you be the da Vinci of relief pitchers. No one will ever match the unique combination of performance while on the mound with the class with which you live your life.

  3. blake March 7th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I’m gonna soak up every cutter this year as best I can

  4. MG March 7th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I see Mustelier played 3rd base today-it looks like he can hit big league pitching, if he can play the position better than Corban Joseph (OK, cheap dig) put him out there and give him a shot, there is tons of upside potential.

    It sounds like Teix will be OK and maybe getting rid of the weighted bat will do wonders for his hitting as well-I would think he would have a tough time consistently waiting on pitches when he’s been swinging something like that all of the time.

  5. blake March 7th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    @Giancarlo818: Tomorrow night can’t come soon enough! It’s on @WBCBaseball #USA ????????

  6. mick March 7th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    How long till Tex can tweet us again?
    Many await his next promotion.

  7. Pat M. March 7th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    It’s one thing to date a .500 ballclub that is young with promise and excitement not so much when it’s an old and fading with sapped energy. Trying to squezze out one more year in The Jeter Era was a gamble. I was hoping they’d decide to drop the curtain and start with the next great production. It is what it is and I’ll be seeing the Bombers in San Diego, Los Angeles, Anahiem ( of course ) Oakland and hopefully Seattle. May 17th vs. Toronto at The Stadium might be my only time seeing them in their Pinstripes this season. October isn’t quite the sure thing I fear

  8. austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    MG,

    I listened to the Cards broadcast and they were flattering with a couple of
    plays Mustelier made, including a dribbler down the line.

  9. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    “It’s one thing to date a .500 ballclub that is young with promise and excitement not so much when it’s an old and fading with sapped energy.”

    The primary issue to watch, imo, is how much future would they be willing to mortgage to ensure that this team doesn’t tank, and how long will they wait before they make a decision.

  10. MG March 7th, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    austinmac March 7th, 2013 at 7:10 pm
    MG,

    I listened to the Cards broadcast and they were flattering with a couple of
    plays Mustelier made, including a dribbler down the line.
    ——————–
    mac, I try not to get too excited about prospects, the last Hispanic Yankees 3rd baseman I fell for was Celerino Sanchez, who had, as John Sterling used to say (long before he was the radio guy he had a sports talk show on WMCA), ‘soft hands’.

    History will show he had a pretty soft bat as well…

  11. MG March 7th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Mustelier has had a very, very tough road to get to this point, including leaving his whole family behind in Cuba to play baseball.

    You would have to think he is a guy who is not only fairly talented but also hungry, maybe he grabs the ring on this glimmer of an opportunity and makes something out of it. If he does, it’s good for the Yankees not only in April but long term as well.

  12. Pat M. March 7th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Rich in NJ….You know my feeling on this !!!

  13. Deal With It March 7th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    ‘That’s why we have the conservative timetable of eight to 10 weeks because we really don’t know exactly how long it’s going to take, but it has to heal fully.’

    —————–

    Sounds eerily similar to the Bautista injury, Ole’ Tex’s numbers (OPS, SLG, TB) have been sliding quickly south and this injury isn’t going to help. Yikes !

  14. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    We’re on the same page, Pat.

  15. Cashmoney March 7th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    “The light that burns twice as bright burns for half as long – and you have burned so very, very brightly”

    Mo’s consistency, dominance and longevity as closer is simply amazing… a class act to boot, Mo will be mssed.

  16. Deal With It March 7th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Pat M. March 7th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Hear ! Hear ! !

  17. Bronx Jeers March 7th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I can’t picture the Yanks as sellers.

    The Mets didn’t even sell Reyes.

  18. Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    =============

    Vineyard Yankee March 7th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Trisha, if you please:

    Can you put me down for 86 please……..TIA

  19. blake March 7th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    What’s the hold up in this game

  20. Doreen March 7th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Hi Pat.

    I do have to wonder, though.

    It’s very easy to say it’s more fun to watch youth lose than old has-beens. But we haven’t had to suffer through growing pains for a very long time. It seemed like the last batch of youngsters arrived fully formed (back in the late 90s) with nothing to lose.

    The next batch doesn’t have the luxury of lower expectations for the team.

  21. Bronx Jeers March 7th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Is Youk down for a move to 1st if asked?

    “I’ve played a lot of first and I can move over there. It’s one of those things where you’ll need to think over and remember, ‘Okay, I have to be the cutoff man here and move around,’ but I’ve played first so many times in my career that it will be a lot easier than third base in a lot of sense. If you ask any infielder, third base is probably the hardest position. Nix and I were talking about that, he said, ‘Third base is hands down (the hardest) of the four.’ First base is a little more friendly, because you can just knock the ball down. I’m up for anything. If they need me to pitch late in the game, I can pitch. I’ve always been that way. You put me out there, I’ll go play. I’ve embarrassed myself in Yankee Stadium in left field, so hopefully we’ll stay away from that. But I’m the type of person that, I have a contract and wherever the Yankees want to put me, I’m going to play.”

  22. blake March 7th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Of course Youk can play 1B…

  23. Jerkface March 7th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Youk is waaaaaaaaaaay better at 1st. No question. He is below average now at third. He can still be an above average 1st baseman.

  24. Deal With It March 7th, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    For $12 million I sure hope ‘Yukie’ will do what is asked of him. LOL !

  25. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    That would be to start hitting RH pitching again, as well as staying on the field.

  26. blake March 7th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    DR crushing everybody

  27. blake March 7th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Venezuela has a good lineup too….their pitching stinks

  28. Pat M. March 7th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Ah, Ms. Doreen, what a pleasure indeed that you’re here !!!! My feelings have been that the rebuilding process was coming at us fast and 2012 was their last real chance at going all the way. Decision time was either to keep reloading with short term players or finally saying it’s time to rebuild and be competetive in a few years. Also keep in mind that the AL East at it’s weakest and the BoSox are looking towards 2015 although they did buy some short term temps to keep their fans interest. Last summer it was suggested that maybe moving Granderson, Cano this winter would accelerate this process. Tough call for ownership but with Curtis and Tex out things look real dicey to say the least. Always a pleasure when you’re here, a link to the days of ” Spendor in the grass”

  29. Jerkface March 7th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Minor league run environment data: http://www.milb.com/news/artic.....=news_milb

    Very good read for understanding the context of prospects.

  30. Doreen March 7th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Pat,

    Yankees could not, can not do drastic things like that. They still need big names to entice people to the ballpark. They can’t fall back on the little tricks other teams use to get people to the ballpark. NYY is too sophisticated for those kind of promotions. The Mets can get away with it. ;)

    And they have to win a lot more than they lose.

    They are in a tough spot, really, regardless of how they got there. It is almost impossible to maintain the pace they’ve set for themselves over the last almost 20 years. I feel like there was bound to be a hitch in their giddyup at some point. The trick for them is to make it short-lived.

    I would like to hope that people would be okay with a transition period, but I think mainstream fans just want to see wins.

    Hal has to look a little deeper than just the price tag of players. The cost of everything in NY is higher than most places no matter the business you’re in. So it’s hard to compare what they spend dollar for dollar to,what other teams spend on salary. Then there’s the supporting structure. Is there a strong foundation in place that will support the right mix of youth and veterans? Home grown and some select free agent acquisitions?

    If Hal is looking to streamline and maximize and al that other stuff that makes for fiscal sense, it’s not just about player payroll, and it might could take a while…

  31. Pat M. March 7th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Doreen……Hal and the organization is in trouble…

  32. jacksquat March 7th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    All our minor league clubs play in bad HR parks.

  33. Rich in NJ March 7th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    “Yankees could not, can not do drastic things like that.”

    The only obstacle is themselves. So they could, but they won’t.

  34. tucker March 7th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Youk is a gamer, no doubt. I hope Mustelier gets a serious look at third. Dan Johnson looks like a disaster right now.

  35. randy l. March 7th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    pat m -

    excellent article that you sent. thanks.

    for everyone else. this guy used to be the head of baseball prospectus.

    don’t read unless you want some reality. not for optimists.
    definitely R( eality) rated.

    http://www.grantland.com/story.....es-to-fall

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