All things considered, this morning’s MRI revealed a best-case scenario for the Yankees. The tendon sheath in Mark Teixeira’s right wrist is not torn. The only physical evidence of a problem is inflammation that Dr. Christopher Ahmad treated with a cortisone shot. The Yankees have not immediately placed Mark Teixeira on the disabled list — that move could still happen tomorrow — and there is some optimism that this is a relatively minor setback rather than a long-term problem.
“The inflammation should go away, but it’s going to take some time,” Girardi said. “He’s not a player for at least a couple days and we’ll evaluate him. … If he was to re-tear it, that would probably be it for the season. We’re looking at some inflammation and we’ll have to see how long they think it’s going to take to get out.”
Girardi said Tuesday is “definitely” too early to put Teixeira back in the lineup. At this point, I would guess that Teixeira will end up on the DL, but that’s more of a hunch than real information. Just seems to make sense to give him two full weeks, but I guess you never know.
Even though this is technically a new injury, Girardi acknowledged that it’s surely related to the torn tendon sheath. If nothing else, it could be that the extended period of inactivity caused Teixeira’s wrist to react poorly when it was put back into action.
But if Teixeira couldn’t even hit off a tee left-handed, why did the Yankees think he was ready to play? Seems to center on Teixeira being physically healthy and saying he was ready to go. He’d taken a ton of at-bats in extended spring, and he’d played a couple of rehab games to get back into a routine. Turns out, the Yankees were planning to give him today off anyway.
“I think you need time to work through things and get stronger,” Girardi said. “He shared that with us a couple of days ago, and we talked about giving him Saturday off. He thought it would be better to have Sunday and Monday off. Maybe in hindsight you give him Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Talk to the player, and talked about days off, and he kept saying he was fine.”
Did Teixeira come back too early?
“I don’t think so,” Girardi said. “He said he was ready to go. They have to feel that they’re ready to go mentally and physically, and he told us he was.”
• Thomas Neal took ground balls at first base today, and David Adams played there yesterday, but Girardi said he’s planning to use Lyle Overbay as an everyday first baseman again. “My plan is to put Overbay at first base,” Girardi said. “We’re going to see some lefties against the Dodgers when we get home, but my plan is to put him at first base.”
• Just to point out, a lefty has to play somewhere in this situation. If Adams plays first, then Reid Brignac has to play. If Neal plays first, then Vernon Wells is the only right-handed outfield option. Overbay at first against lefties is far from ideal, but there just aren’t a lot of right-handed bats to choose from.
• With Kevin Youkilis out, Girardi said he’s basically planning to platoon Adams and Brignac. “Yeah, that’s probably what we’ll do,” Girardi said. “When we see some lefties we’ll run Adams out at third and put Nixy at short. There’s some different things I could do, but yeah, probably.”
• Any plan of using Teixeira as a right-handed hitter and platooning him with Lyle Overbay? “I don’t know,” Girardi said. “It’s not really what I want to do. I really haven’t thought of doing that. Just have to kind of see how the wrist reacts with this rest and stuff.”
• No real updates on Alex Rodriguez or Derek Jeter or any of the guys down in Tampa. Girardi said he’s still not sure when Jeter will start running again.
• Girardi said he still thinks of Joba Chamberlain as his seventh-inning reliever despite recent struggles. “Too many long counts, letting hitters get back into counts,” Girardi said. “It seems like he’s been able to get ahead but he hasn’t been able to put them away. When you do that, there are some walks and you’re more likely to make a mistake. The stuff is there. His fastball is good, his slider is good, he’s thrown some good curveballs and good changeups, but some of the long counts have hurt him.”
• This would be a fine day for CC Sabathia to carry the team for nine innings. “Obviously we need a good start, but we need a good start every day from our guys,” Girardi said. “That’s how you win games. We look for him to pitch well today.”
• My sister lives just outside of Oakland, and she had her first child on the Friday before the Yankees/A’s series. That means I spent a few days last week hanging out with my first nephew. And he’s awesome. And I honestly could not have hand-picked a better father for him than my sister’s husband Eugene. So happy Father’s Day, Eugene. And happy Father’s Day to you too, Dad. And happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there reading today.
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