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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Yankees Injury Update: Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran

By on 9/21/2014 08:00:00 AM

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira continues to have issues with a sore wrist, which forced him out of Saturday night's game in the fifth inning. He will see a hand surgeon Sunday. In addition, outfielder/DH Carlos Beltran will consider surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, thereby ending his season a week early.

Mark Teixeira's Jake Kring-Schreifels reports that Teixeira exited Saturday night's game with the Toronto Blue Jays in the fifth inning because of the soreness and the wincing he did with each swing of the bat. Teixeira struck out twice.

Kring-Schreifels also says that Teixeira will see a hand surgeon Sunday to decide what course of action to take. However, the first baseman is not ready to call it quits. He said that as long as the Yankees have life, he plans to play. Said Texieira,
"No, I'm going to play through anything. As long as we're in it, I'm playing. Today, Joe obviously didn't like what he saw so he got me out of there. You want to be out there every game you can. Especially when you're hanging on to some hope.... It's tendinitis. We've talked about it a couple of times this year. It flares up every now and then, you get it taken care of and it's just bad timing right now."
Teixeira has already taken two cortisone shots for the pain, and a third is possible so he can finish the season.

Carlos Beltran

Meanwhile, Beltran, who has played sparingly within the past week, will give stronger consideration to season-ending surgery. He has hit just .156 in 32 September at bats, due in large part to the pain he has experienced in his elbow. Kring-Schreifels says that surgery or not, it is likely that Beltran will not play again before the season ends.

Kring-Schreifels also quoted Beltran discussing his own decision. Said Beltran,
"It's what I've been dealing with. They said to me today that it was just better for me to just go on with the surgery. I tried to play, it just continued to bother me -- forearm's tight -- it's the same thing. I haven't decided anything but I'm going to talk to the doctor and see what we come up with."
The Yankees recently lost Martin Prado to an emergency appendectomy and Jacoby Ellsbury to a pulled hamstring. They may now lose two more big bats, leaving little left in the lineup as they fight to keep their wild card hopes alive. They trail by 4 1/2 games with three teams to overtake and only eight games left to play at this point.

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