It was discouraging enough when New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels in the top of the fourth inning with an apparent wrist injury. Then YES Network clubhouse reporter Meredith Marakovits tweeted this report later in the game:
The Dr. Ahmad she references is Dr. Chris Ahmad, the Yankees Head Team Physician who has dealt with Teixeira already this season. In March, Teixeira injured his right wrist while preparing for the World Baseball Classic. The injury did not require surgery, but Teixeira did not return to the Yankees lineup until May 31. With today’s news, naturally there are fears that Teixeira will need season-ending surgery to repair the partially torn tendon sheath.
Teixeira has been off to a terrible start, but he’s a notoriously slow starter anyway. He’s hitting a meager .151 with three home runs and 12 RBI. He’s not getting on base enough either, registering a .270 OBP thus far. At this point it’s hard to tell if his numbers are simply a result of his tendency to start slow or of something more serious with his wrist.
During an in-game interview with Fox on Saturday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Teixeira “doesn’t feel like he has the snap in his swing.” He said he’ll probably have to miss a few more games, but that was before the ominous Twitter message from Marakovits.
It’s possible that Teixeira will heal with a few additional days rest, but it seems more likely that this could be serious, perhaps a season ender for Teixeria.
B.L. is a sports writer for Rant Sports and can be followed @coachlip.