As we approach the All-Star break of the 2013 fantasy baseball season, one can’t help but notice the staggering number of players added to the disabled list. Probably the most devastating of them all this season has been New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira.
The team just announced that Big Tex would have season-ending surgery on his injured right wrist. Teixeira tore the tendon sheath in his wrist on March 5th while getting ready for the 2013 World Baseball Classic and the first baseman has since been an absolute nightmare for any fantasy owner with him on their roster.
Teixeira missed the first 52 games of the season, but returned to the lineup just long enough to tease fantasy owners. Teixeira received a cortisone shot in his wrist within weeks of returning, and it was bothering him enough that he made another appointment to see his surgeon. A recent MRI revealed that the tear had not properly healed and would require yet another surgery. The first baseman was unfortunately placed back on the shelf after just 15 games.
In those games, he hit a meager .151, but he at least had three home runs and 12 RBIs. However, those are the only home runs and RBIs the slugger will amass for the remainder of the 2013 fantasy season.
The two-time All-Star has never suffered a serious injury throughout his career. Teixeira has averaged an outstanding 149.7 games per season throughout his last 10 seasons and was previously thought of as a very durable player. However, this injury, like most season-ending injuries, will be hard for fantasy owners to forget.
Many fantasy owners decided to take a shot on the superstar this year, despite his injury, but have since been completely burned. Teixeira will not step into the batter’s box again this season, and the loss of his bat will be extremely difficult to get over. Consider Teixeira one of the biggest busts of the entire 2013 fantasy baseball season.