Mark Teixeira Injury Thoughts & Afterthoughts

Sad Teix

Well this has been a fun start to the 2013 season, huh?  Not exactly what any of us had in mind or expected after a long, frustrating offseason, but I guess for the sake of consistency and tying plot points together you might as well have an injury-filled preseason to reinforce just how bad the offseason was.  Mark Teixeira, whether he rebounded from last year or not, was one of the most important players in this lineup and now he’s out for 8-10 weeks with a sprained tendon in his right wrist.  To be honest, I’m still trying to process everything that relates to this injury in my head, so rather than attempt to formulate a smooth, logical response post I’m just going to go with the old “Ts and AferTs” standby and at least get my thoughts out.

– First things first, this is an absolutely brutal injury.  Brutal.  There’s no other way to describe it and no way to attempt to find a silver lining here.  … Click here to read the rest

Thursday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/7/12

If you go to Google News’s realtime coverage of Mark Teixeira, there are 200 articles about the wrist pop heard around the world.

That’s a little nutty but understandable. With the way the Yankees’ 2013 season is already going – and it hasn’t even started yet – there will be a lot of stuff written about everything no matter how big or small.

I’m sure you all know the news by now but in case you don’t because you were hanging out with Kim Jung Un as he was plotting, yet again, to bomb the United States, Teixeira is out for 8-10 weeks thanks to that strained wrist tendon.

Here are a few of those aforementioned 200 articles:

Then we have Bill Madden of the New York Daily News writing about Robinson Cano having to step up while the rest of the lineup is dropping like flies. No pressure, Robbie.… Click here to read the rest

Spring Training: Dominican Republic 8, Yankees 2

Hey, it could have been a lot worse for the Yankees today. This same Dominican Republic team beat up on the poor Phillies yesterday scoring 15 runs on 28 hits. At least the Yankees held DR to only eight runs on 13 hits.

All kidding aside, there were some good things in this game, like Hiroki Kuroda‘s performance. He pitched three scoreless innings, gave up two hits, struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Oh, and Zoilo Almonte ended a no-hitter by hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh. Up until that home run, Dominican pitchers Vidal Nuno, Jose Veras and Juan Cedeno held the Yankee batters to just two walks.

The Yankees also committed two errors – both by Dan Johnson. So their box score line was 2-2-2. Not sure what this means but hopefully it’s not bad and doesn’t have an effect on Derek Jeter.

Robinson Cano had a hit and an RBI for the Dominican team and in even better news, he didn’t get injured.… Click here to read the rest

Quick Hit: Teixeira will miss 8-10 weeks

I was having a pretty good day until this news came across the wire. Mark Teixeira has a strained right wrist and will miss 8 to 10 weeks. He will have to rest four weeks before even beginning to rehab the wrist.

I will give you time to gasp, yell, throw something, etc.

Okay. So, now that we know that Teixeira will be out for at least the first month of the season, there are many questions that need to be answered:

  • Who will take over at first base while Tex is out?
  • Who will be the next Yankee to get injured?
  • Will Tex’s April woes actually happen in May instead?
  • Why are the baseball Gods being so cruel to us?
  • What will happen next?
  • A sinkhole?
  • A meteor?
  • Is this actually happening or am I dreaming?
  • Is it too early to drink a bottle of wine?

In all seriousness, it’s as if the Yankees were tempting fate by not having a lot of depth on the bench and now look at what’s happening.… Click here to read the rest

Three days in Florida


I had the privilege of spending three days in Florida watching baseball this weekend. I saw three games in three different ballparks: Nationals at Braves at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Tigers at Yankees at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, and Yankees at Red Sox at jetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

The Players

You could hear an audible gasp in Tampa when the Yankees subbed out their regulars for minor league players, and that was after five innings of watching Kevin Youkilis, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira, and the rest play baseball. You could sense an even greater frustration in Fort Myers, where Brett Gardner, Jayson Nix, and Eduardo Nunez were the most famous players in the ballgame. But for me? I came to see the scrubs. Here are some observations on a few that I got to watch this weekend:

Tyler Austin – I’d never seen him in person before, but one glance could tell you all you need to know about why scouts peg him as a 1st baseman and/or possible tweener.… Click here to read the rest

An unscientific early look at April’s schedule

A year ago, I took a look at April’s schedule and thought about what a good outcome would be for that first month of the 2012 season. It was also a look based on the opponents and the location of the games without rose-colored glasses. The post was the least scientific “projection” you could possibly write. After considering last April’s schedule, I predicted the Yankees would go 14-9 in their opening month and such a record would be a good outcome and start to the season. There was one postponement during April of 2012 and the Yankees went 13-9. Rather than quitting when ahead or perhaps because such a close outcome gives me a false sense of security, I figured I would do the same thing this season.

The Yankees open the season with a three-game home series against the Red Sox. I happen to believe the Red Sox are going to be much tougher this season than they were last season.… Click here to read the rest

Gardner Makes A Change In His Batting Approach

As I watched Brett Gardner extend his hot start in Spring Training last night, I wondered how the slap hitting outfielder could be making such good contact. I watched a few of his 2013 at bats, and then went back to 2012, and then I realized that he’s made a key change. Take a look at the GIF below and see if you can spot it.


Gardner is no longer keeping two hands on the bat, and is taking a one-handed follow-through immediately on point of contact with the pitch. In 2012, Gardner’s two-handed approach at the plate was more reminiscent of a power hitter, rather than the contact and speed he usually uses at the plate. Prior to 2012, Gardner used this same one-handed approach, and it’s a mystery as to why he ever changed.

At first I thought it had to do with injury, but he was keeping both hands on the bat prior to his injury in 2012.… Click here to read the rest

Wednesday morning Yankees news and notes: 3/6/12

It was the wrist pop heard around the world.

The biggest news yesterday was yet another injury to a key Yankee. This time the victim was Mark Teixeira who was practicing for the World Baseball Classic when he heard a pop in his right wrist while swinging off a tee.

Say it with me now, “Noooooooo!”

X-rays were taken and they were negative. Teixeira left Arizona yesterday, headed to New York to see the Yankees’ team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad along with Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser, to conduct more tests and is expected to miss at least two weeks.

Last night, another injured member of the Yankees organization, GM Brian Cashman, had this to say about Teixeira’s injury:

“I’m obviously worried about it,” Cashman said, “because wrists are very unpredictable. Even if you can get a positive diagnosis back, which of course we hope for, that still doesn’t mean you are out of the woods because wrists are tricky. They are hard to get a handle on.

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Jeter’s Replacement Nowhere To Be Found


As much as everybody likes to talk about the Yankees’ failures when it comes to developing young pitching, a conversation that’s not as failure-filled as some people like to think, there’s another area on the roster where they haven’t exactly been churning out winners recently and that’s at shortstop.  They’ve had the benefit of Derek Jeter being a fixture at the position for the last 17 years, but Jeter’s time is winding down and the Yankees are nowhere closer to finding his replacement than they were when talks of Jeter retiring first started.

And it’s not like this is a new topic that just came up in the last few months after Jeter’s ankle surgery.  There have been on and off references to Jeter’s retirement/replacement since about 2008, the first year his offensive production started to decline from its usual standards.  That talk was hushed a bit by Jeter’s bounce back 2009, and then halted again last season after another bounce back year, but now it bears bringing up one more time.  … Click here to read the rest