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MLB Injury News:
What first baseman Mark Teixeira and the New York Yankees feared has now come true. Teixeira's 2013 season is most likely over. MLB.com's Josh Vitale reported Wednesday afternoon that Yankee team physicians have recommended surgery to repair the tear in his right wrist that has disabled him for most of the season. The surgery would most likely mean that Teixeira will not play again this year.
The New York Yankees and MLB.com's Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch confirmed the news Wednesday afternoon in separate Twitter messages.
Surgery has been recommended to repair the tear on the tendon sheath of @teixeiramark25’s right wrist.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 26, 2013
Surgery recommended for Mark Teixeira, season likely over http://t.co/IA5UwFafUB
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 26, 2013
Teixeira visited with team doctors on Wednesday morning because his wrist did not respond to recent cortisone shots. Surgery was never ruled out, but Teixeira and the Yankees did all they could to avoid it.
Yankee team physicians, Dr. Christopher Ahmad and Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser, and two New York hand specialists performed the examination. Afterward, the Yankees released the following comments in a statement to the press:
“After a recent MRI with dye contrast was performed on Mark Teixeira’s right wrist..., [the physicians] confirmed that the sheath has not adequately healed. Surgery has been recommended to repair the tear on the tendon sheath of his wrist.”
Teixeira played in only 15 games from May 31-June 15. He hit only .151 with 3 HR and 12 RBI. He first suffered the torn wrist ligament during Spring Training. After his 15 games, Inflammation forced him back onto the disabled list, and cortisone did not eliminate the pain.
As MLB Injury News' Blaine Blontz reported Wednesday morning, the injury affected the switch-hitting Teixeira much more from the left side of the plate. The Yankees felt it better to have Teixeira undergo the surgery and prepare him for next year rather than have him hit right-handed only as a part-time player. Offseason surgery could cause him to miss much of 2014.
This seems like the best move for both Teixeira and the Yankees. Teixeira has three years and $67.5 million left on his contract. This season is already a wash for him, and Lyle Overbay has played well enough in his stead to finish out the season at first base. Overbay, though, has hit only .197 against left-handed pitchers as of June 26.
The Yankees have said to have wanted a right-handed bat all season, and the loss of Teixeira for the season should give them further incentive to find a right-handed hitting first baseman to compliment Overbay.
The Yankees enter play on June 26 tied for second place with the Baltimore Orioles in the A.L. East, 2.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox.
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