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Pregame notes: “Just really a bad mechanical thing”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 28, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mark Teixeira

All spring, Mark Teixeira has spoken with nothing but optimism when discussing his surgically repaired right wrist. No setbacks. Feels strong. Getting better everyday. So it was a little surprising to read this morning that Teixeira has been “not trusting that the wrist is healthy.” Teixeira told Kevin Kernan that he’d been protecting the wrist on left-handed swings, not taking his A swing.

This afternoon, Teixeira explained that holding back has been a subconscious action. It’s not a health problem so much as a mechanical problem.

“It was something I didn’t know I was doing,” Teixeira said. “Kevin (Long) and I have, over the last week, we’ve been really trying to work on me taking my full swing. What I noticed in game film from spring training … (is that) I was protecting my swing the way I was doing last year when I was hurt. I think it’s just bad habits that I got into last year. I really needed to make sure that I was taking my full swing left-handed. The last game was the first game that I felt like all of my swings I was taking my full swing. It felt really good, and the wrist responded well, so that’s a good sign.”

Basically, Teixeira got used to a protective swing last year, and I have to assume he only reinforced those habits when he started easing his way into batting practice this offseason.

“It was unbelievable how early I was letting go of my (left) hand to protect the (right) wrist,” he said. “Just really a bad mechanical thing.”

Teixeira said his wrist feels fine. When he’s taken his full swing the past few days — he’d been subconsciously protecting it even in batting practice — it’s responded well. No issues so far. He believes he’ll be able to drive the ball.

“I will, but in the (spring) games I obviously haven’t,” Teixeira said. “I’ve been hitting some nice line drives, but those line drives I need to get under and hit for home runs. That’ll come. That’ll come with just getting stronger as the season goes on. No one can predict what the season’s going to give you, but what I do know is that through six weeks of spring training, I’m healthy. And that’s a really good sign.”

Vidal Nuno· The Yankees clubhouse opened to media at 2:15. At that point, none of the on-the-fence players had been told whether they’d made the team. However, Joel Sherman reports that Cesar Cabral will not be in the Opening Day bullpen, and it seems more likely that the Yankees are going to carry Vidal Nuno as a second lefty and extra long man.

· Not sure when an official roster announcement will happen. I’m obviously hoping that it will come before the game (if only so I can get it in the paper a little easier). The Yankees were having a team meeting this afternoon. Maybe the players will be told after the meeting? Not sure. There were no clues in the clubhouse. No newly emptied lockers or anything like that.

· As expected, Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen tonight. Hiroki Kuroda will make the start — a shortened start — and Tanaka will pitch multiple innings in relief. Seems possible that he’ll pitch the rest of the game. The only other relievers listed are Shane Greene and Cesar Cabral.

· Michael Pineda threw a side today. Seems likely that he’ll pitch in some capacity either Sunday or Monday in preparation for his first major-league start for the Yankees in the fifth game of the season.

· Today’s second string: C Francisco Cervelli, 1B Jose Gil, 2B Eduardo Nunez, SS Dean Anna, 3B Zelous Wheeler, LF Yangervis Solarte, CF Antoan Richardson, RF Adonis Garcia

· Today’s scheduled relievers: Masahiro Tanaka, Shane Green and Cesar Cabral (with Matt Daley and a few minor league guys list as just-in-case options)

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40 Responses to “Pregame notes: “Just really a bad mechanical thing””

  1. Ys Guy March 28th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    joel sherman:
    “Don’t be surprised if … (Yankees edition)
    • After all the talk that Yankee Stadium is perfect for his power stroke, Brian McCann hits the same 20 homers in 2014 for the Yankees he did in 2012 and ’13 for the Braves.
    • The Yanks become so enamored with John Ryan Murphy at Triple-A that Gary Sanchez becomes the new Jesus Montero — a catching trade chip to address an area of future need, such as shortstop or third base.
    • Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner each top 40 steals, becoming the first Yankees teammates to do so since Roberto Kelly and Steve Sax in 1990.
    • Alex Rodriguez announces he will be on the next version of “Dancing With the Stars” to prove his hip is fine — and, of course, that he still loves attention.
    • Derek Jeter hits .275 and his range is limited enough that Joe Girardi begins playing Brendan Ryan late in games the Yanks lead.
    • Mark Teixeira hits 27 homers but bats just .230.”

  2. bbb51 March 28th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    “I will, but in the (spring) games I obviously haven’t,” Teixeira said. “I’ve been hitting some nice line drives, but those line drives I need to get under and hit for home runs.”

    *facepalm*

  3. Ys Guy March 28th, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    if ryan were healthy out of the gate, girardi should be subbing him in for jeter in late innings all season long.

  4. massjake March 28th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Trisha,
    Could you put me down for 95 wins please?

  5. blake March 28th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    It’s been a bad mechanical thing for a LONG time tex.

  6. blake March 28th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    “• Alex Rodriguez announces he will be on the next version of “Dancing With the Stars” to prove his hip is fine — and, of course, that he still loves attention.”

    Sherman seriously should send me a check for material…..I made the Arod/Dancing with the Stars joke months ago……

    blake January 13th, 2014 at 10:38 am
    What would be the benefit of using PED while not playing?”

    To be ready for Dancing with the Stars…..duh

  7. CountryClub March 28th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Ken Rosenthal ?@Ken_Rosenthal 35s
    Every player suspended for PEDs will be subject to 6 additional urine tests and 3 additional blood tests for rest of career, all unannounced

  8. blake March 28th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Bowden just said that Space Jam 2 was being filmed with Lebron James. I hope MJ makes an appearance.

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    1m
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    Good

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    New rules are players not paid for difference between 183-day season and 162-game sked if suspended, as A-Rod is being paid this year
    ?
    Carbon Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry will be randomly
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    Player suspended for PED subject to 6 additional unannounced urine tests/3
    additional unannounced blood tests every yr for rest of career

    Player suspended for PEDs ineligible to participate in postseason and can’t receive playoff share.

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