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Pregame notes: “He kept saying he was fine”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 16, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mark Teixeira

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.”

Lyle Overbay• 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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18 Responses to “Pregame notes: “He kept saying he was fine””

  1. Doreen June 16th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Chad how wonderful for you to have been able to spend time with your sister, BIL, and brand new nephew. What a good piece of timing! Congratulations and all the best.

  2. Rich in NJ June 16th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I’m not sure why they let him face RHP anyway.

  3. blake June 16th, 2013 at 2:59 pm


  4. blake June 16th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    @jnorris427: From Mark Newman: It is NOT a one-start promotion for Jose Ramirez. I’m stunned. #Yankees

  5. Hankflorida June 16th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    To austinmac and his astute comparison of Swisher and Boesch but statistics do not always tell the whole story. Boesch played in Detroit which is not prone to the long ball as the stadium is in right field, and Swisher’s numbers hitting left handed in Cleveland this year will not match his power numbers as a Yankee. The Yankees do not manufacture runs and depend on home runs. Look at Overbay’s home runs last year to his as a Yankee, and this proves the importance of a left handed fly ball hitter as this team has an outfield now that does not take advantage of the right field porch. Granderson’s injury has taken all those home runs away from the team, and of all the players that the Yankees have, Boesch is the only one who can try to fill that gap especially with Tex out.

  6. implosion June 16th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Not worse case? What planet are you from. So now we get to sit and watch the ground out machine sit around for 12 days then come back and continue to suck the life out of he lineup. Please put this old washed up dinosaur on the shelf with the rest of the broken toys and lets move on. If once, just once I saw Tex try and bunt when the shift was on I could give him a pass. But like all the over paid scum on this team his ego is as big as his ass.

  7. mick June 16th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    My crazy eyes still see a great story brewing here.
    The replacements are back on center stage, rejuvenated and feeling important again.
    Getting back to the baseball gods theory, well they said, “Hey Tex, hold up Pardner, not just yet.”
    We still got some work to do here…

  8. mick June 16th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    This again is Act 3, I sure hope for Act 4 to be a doozy with the hero and anti-hero working together with others to complete this miracle.

  9. Rich in NJ June 16th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I’ll take the counterfactual with regard to Wells hitting RHP on any consistent basis.

  10. mick June 16th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    “No Neal, No Adams as predicted.”

    Against a RH pitcher, I guess Joe Girardi is smarter than you too.
    Hey genius, they played v. a righty yesterday, didn’t they? Duh….

  11. mick June 16th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks Trish, my fellow oppressor…

  12. tomingeorgia June 16th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Chris Davis and the O’s dismantling the bosox and Lester.

  13. Rich in NJ June 16th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    “Hey genius, they played v. a righty yesterday, didn’t they? Duh….”

    Why should a young player like Adams be platooned?

    Why should Wells face RHP?

  14. pkyankfan69 June 16th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    The O’s are going to run away with the division if thy can upgrade their SP, they might even if they don’t…. The O’s are shaping up to be the dominant team in the East for the next few years, especially if Bundy and Gausman turn out to both be the real deal.

  15. tomingeorgia June 16th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Mister mick,
    I, too, enjoyed the hiatus.

  16. egk June 16th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    If Tex is fine to hit righty, why not just hit that way no matter who is pitching? It’s not like he could do worse than he already was.

  17. mick June 16th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Why should Wells face RHP?

  18. arjay June 16th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    pkyankfan69 June 16th, 2013 at 3:31 pm
    The O’s are going to run away with the division if thy can upgrade their SP, they might even if they don’t….

    No team is running away with this division, assburger.

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