Mark Teixeira to have season-ending surgery
Although he will not return in 2013, both Teixeira and manager Joe Girardi expect the Gold Glover to be ready to go for Spring Training 2014.
"After surgery, they said I'll need about four or five months of rest and rehab, and I should be 100 percent in six months," Teixeira said in a press briefing at Yankee Stadium.
Teixeira finishes the season with 15 games played and a .151-3-12 line in 53 at-bats.
"It's very tough, especially in a season where the team could probably use me," he said of the surgery decision. "I really would have loved to be a part of this."
Teixeira first injured his wrist while hitting off a tee in March in preparation for the World Baseball Classic, and after being diagnosed with the torn tendon sheath, Teixeira ended up missing the first two months of the season. He was activated on May 31, but returned to the disabled list on June 17 after re-aggravating the injury "at some point" during the Yankees' West Coast trip.
The Yankees had announced shortly before Teixeira's press conference Wednesday that after a recent dye-contrast MRI, a team of four physicians - team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and hand specialists Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser, Dr. Michelle Carlson, and Dr. Keith Raskin - concurred that "the tendon sheath has not adequately healed" and surgery was recommended.
All that said, Teixeira has "no regrets" about the timetable of his rehab or about choosing not to have the same surgery earlier in the year.
"None at all; hindsight is 20/20, but I felt like I was ready to go," he said. "I wanted to be ready to go on May 1, but when that was pushed back to June, I felt like I'd be good for the whole year."
And, Teixeira said, once the surgery is performed and rehab is completed, there should be no worry about this being al ingering issue going forward.
"This isn't a degenerative condition like in a joint or something," he said. "Once it's fixed, it's fixed."
Following Teixeira's press conference, general manager Brian Cashman said that while the Yankees will stick with Lyle Overbay - who he said "has done a great job for us" - at first base for the time being, his job is to "always look for improvements regardless" and he will continue to keep tabs on any alternate possibilities as they come along.