Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Teixeira: Wrist Pain has "Ratcheted Up"

Due to pain coming from his surgically repaired right wrist, Yankees First Basemen Mark Teixeira didn't play yesterday.

The veteran infielder, who was on the DL earlier this season due to a hamstring injury, is currently listed as day-to-day by Manager Joe Girardi, with more off days and DH-ing a possibility for the near future. 

According to Teixeira, the pain in his wrist has gotten worse lately, something doctors told him he should expect to happen occasionally throughout the year.

"It's ratcheted up, definitely," #25 recently told the Newark Star Ledger. "I just want to get it over with. You're sore a lot during the season. You just want to get it feeling better as quickly as possible."

So far in 2014, Teixeira has hit just .248, but does have a team-leading 9 home runs and 25 RBI.

If he was to go down for a long period of time, bench INF Kelly Johnson would likely be his replacement and, considering that Johnson has struggled at the plate this season (hitting just .202), the Yankees really need Teixeira healthy if they are to compete for the AL East, a division the Blue Jays and Orioles have surprisingly started to control. 

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