Teixeira Expected to Be Out Longer With Partly Torn Tendon Sheath
By PETER KERASOTIS
TAMPA, Fla. — First baseman Mark Teixeira returned to the Yankees’ spring training complex Sunday morning, wearing a brace on his right wrist and bearing some grim news.
He said his wrist injury was not a sprain, but rather a partly torn tendon sheath, which might keep him out until June, and maybe longer if he and the Yankees do not employ an abundance of caution.
“It’s not like a sore knee,” Teixeira said. “If I come back early, I’m not going to be very good, and I could blow it out and risk surgery, and then I’m out the whole year.”
Teixeira, who injured the wrist swinging off a tee in preparation for the World Baseball Classic, said the injury was similar to what Toronto’s Jose Bautista sustained last season. When Bautista tried to accelerate his return, he reinjured the wrist, needed surgery and missed the rest of the season.
Teixeira explained that the tendon sheath “is the little covering that holds the tendon in place. The tendon will snap in and out if the sheath is gone. If that doesn’t heal, then the tendon has a chance to get damaged, and you don’t want that.”
Teixeira, who turns 33 on April 11, tried to rush a return from a calf injury last season and sustained a setback. He said he would remain in camp for the rest of spring, doing whatever he can that does not involve his right wrist.
“I’ve been in the best shape of my life the past two years,” he said. “I feel amazing. I’ve had two injuries. So I think maybe it’s overuse. Maybe I was running too much, maybe I was swinging too much. I swing twice as much as anybody anyway. I swing with a weighted bat to get loosened up. I’ll keep working out, but maybe I’ll take a step back a little bit.”