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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Yankees' Mark Teixeira 'close to 100%' but wrist tight due to surgery


By on 12/24/2013 08:15:00 AM

We baseball fans -- especially we Yankee fans -- can very likely recount all of the major injuries that the Bronx Bombers suffered throughout 2013. One player in particular, first baseman Mark Teixeira, missed almost the entire season with wrist inflammation that began during Spring Training. He played in just 15 games in the middle of the season before having surgery. Although Lyle Overbay did an admiral job in Teixeira's stead, the Yankees missed their slugging first baseman as much as they did anyone else whom they lost.

MLB.com's Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch spoke with Teixeira on December 23 about the slugger's wrist and more. Texieira said that he feels close to 100% healthy and is getting ready for the new season.
The biggest concern is the tightness he has due to the surgery, but he will work that out before too long. Said Texieira,
“I’m close to 100 percent. I feel like I’m healed. I wish I was a little bit looser; my wrist is going to be tight for a while because of the way the surgery was performed. They had to kind of tighten everything up to make it secure. It’s still a little bit tight, but that’s why I’m doing rehab every day and doing exercises every day. I’ll start swinging a bat in January and that will also help loosen it up.”
Getting Teixeira back will boost the Yankees' offense tremendously, especially if he is 100% by Spring Training. The Yankees finished 10th in the American League in runs scored (650), far below their #2 ranking in 2012 (804). Of course, they also went nearly the whole season without their other run producers such as Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Derek Jeter. They had very little behind the plate as well.

So far, general manager Brian Cashman has addressed their offensive needs. Remember that the Yankees have signed catcher Brian McCann, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, and second baseman Brian Roberts (although often injured himself), and Jeter is back. They did, though lose Robinson Cano, who kept the team afloat in 2013.

Hoch and Teixeira also discussed the pitching needs in both the rotation and bullpen. Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera retired, and Phil Hughes left for Minnesota. Teixeira understands that it takes more than home runs to win; it takes good pitching, and he would like to see the right balance:
"I wouldn’t mind unwrapping a present after Christmas with a couple more guys on the pitching staff and we’ll be ready to roll.”
 Yankees fans would love to see that gift under the tree as well.

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