Happy birthday, Derek Jeter.
On a wild day in Yankees land, with big news coming out of New York _ and the weight room in Tampa, Fla. _ baseball’s most storied franchise paraded three prominent figures in front of a microphone at Yankee Stadium for 45 minutes worth of press conferences Wednesday to discuss a myriad of team issues.
Group therapy? Not really.
Damage control? You bet.
The most disappointing development for the Yankees concerned Teixeira, who will have season-ending surgery on his right wrist, probably early next week.
The club announced that the switch-hitting first baseman had an MRI with dye contrast and team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad determined that Teixeira’s torn tendon sheath had not adequately healed. Three hand specialists concurred, and the two-time All-Star said he was told he should be 100 percent healthy six months after surgery.
Teixeira was hurt while hitting off a tee March 5, when he was with the U.S. team at the World Baseball Classic. He made his season debut May 31 and got off to a strong start but came out of a game June 15 because of inflammation. He went back on the disabled list and did not respond to a cortisone shot.
“I usually respond very well to cortisone shots,” Teixeira said. “When it didn’t work and it wasn’t getting any better, I knew it was probably going to be bad news.”
Toronto slugger Jose Bautista, limited to four at-bats after July 16 last year because of a similar injury, had surgery last Sept. 4 and was ready for spring training.
Teixeira said he had no regrets about going to the WBC or trying to rehab his wrist rather than opting for surgery sooner. Most of his $23,125,000 salary this season will be covered by insurance.
“At some point on the West Coast, I re-injured it. I don’t know exactly when,” Teixeira said. “The doctor said this is kind of a classic overuse injury. … I think it would have probably happened no matter where I was.”
Lyle Overbay, signed late in spring training, has filled in admirably at first base and provided a string of clutch hits despite a .282 on-base percentage. Unless the Yankees find an upgrade elsewhere, Overbay will continue to start. He homered Wednesday night in an 8-5 loss to Texas.
“It doesn’t really change what we’re trying to accomplish, it just makes it a little bit different in how you accomplish it,” Girardi said.