Mark Teixeira Injury: Updates on Yankees Star's Wrist

Ethan GrantAnalyst IMarch 5, 2013

Mark Teixeira's first World Baseball Classic was a major disappointment, as he was forced out of action due to injury. The New York Yankees' elite first baseman has been out for months.

UPDATE: Friday, May 31, at 4:00 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

It's official: Mark Teixeira is going to be re-joining the Yankees lineup for their clash with the Red Sox tonight, according to the team's official lineup on

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UPDATE: Tuesday, May 28, at 5:20 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to New York Post reporter Joel Sherman, Teixeira is expected back in the Yankees lineup on Friday:


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UPDATE: Friday, May 24 at 5:37 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to's Bryan Hoch, Teixeira may return with the Yankees next week:

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UPDATE: Monday, May 20 at 1:49 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Fantastic news for Yankees fans as Mark Teixeira (wrist) has resumed taking at-bats in game action, the slugger announced.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 15 at 10:22 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Exciting news for Yankees fans as Mark Teixeira (wrist) expects to return to the main lineup before June 1, according to MLB's Bryan Hoch

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UPDATE: Sunday, May 12 at 10:51 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Disappointing news for New York fans as Mark Teixeira (wrist) has been moved to the 60-day disabled list, according to New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand.

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UPDATE: Sunday, May 5 at 10:11 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Encouraging news for Yankees fans as Mark Teixeira continues to make progress, according to New York Daily News' Roger Rubin:

Mark Teixeira will report to the Yankees' complex in Tampa to continue his rehab from a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, but expects to take live batting practice on the field before he leaves on Sunday. ...

... There remains no timetable for him to return.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, April 30 at 9:33 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to NBC Sports' Drew Silva, Teixeira "is currently limited to dry swings, and the Yankees are not sure when he might be ready to ramp up his rehab to slightly more strenuous baseball activities like soft toss or tee work."

Because of his progress, ESPN's Andrew Marchand notes that the Yankees slugger likely won't be back for a while:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, April 23 at 7:09 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to The Star-Ledger reporter Andy McCullough, Teixeira's recovery is going slower than expected:

As Mark Teixeira continues his prescribed course of rehabilitation, he is still struggling with stiffness in his injured right wrist, and admitted that his optimistic projection for a May 1 return is now “probably not going to happen.”

Teixeira has yet to make contact with a baseball. He is still swinging a fungo bat, unable to graduate to the phase involving hitting off a tee and soft toss. He indicated before Tuesday’s game he needed to build up the strength in his wrist before he could return.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, April 17 at 5:07 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

According to Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch, Teixeira is making significant progress in his rehab:

Mark Teixeira saw a doctor yesterday and was cleared to take underwater bat swings in the therapy pool at Yankee Stadium. Since his right wrist came through with no problems, Teixeira is advancing to dry swings – without contact, but also dry in the literal sense – this afternoon, 20 from each side of the plate.

Teixeira still believes he can be back sometime in May, and he plans to be with the Yankees until they go to Tampa.

The Yankees certainly aren't struggling for power without the first baseman, but this is a welcomed development, nonetheless. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, April 4 at 10:30 a.m. ET by Mike Chiari

The 2013 MLB regular season hasn't exactly gotten off to a great start for the New York Yankees, as they have lost their first two contests against the Boston Red Sox, but a key reinforcement could be on the way a bit sooner than expected.

According to Barry M. Bloom of, injured first baseman Mark Teixeira is eyeing a May 1 return to the Yankees lineup. Teixeira suffered a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist on March 5 while preparing to play in an exhibition game with Team USA prior to the World Baseball Classic.

The initial timetable for his return was set at eight to 10 weeks, so coming back on May 1 would be slightly sooner than the original expectation. With other key contributors to the Yankees lineup such as Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter also on the shelf, the Bronx Bombers could really use Tex's big bat in the middle of the order, as well as his steady glove over at first base.

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UPDATE: Sunday, March 17 at 1:33 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Rough news for Yankees fans as Mark Teixeira's wrist injury could require surgery, according to ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews:

The injury that will keep New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira out of the lineup until May at the earliest is not a wrist strain, as originally reported, but a partially torn tendon sheath that could potentially require season-ending surgery.

As of now, the Yankees are still expecting Teixeira to heal without needing an operation and to rejoin the club after about 8-10 weeks of healing time.

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UPDATE: Sunday, March 17 at 10:03 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Disappointing news for Yankees fans as Mark Teixeira could be out of action longer than expected.'s Bryan Hoch has the latest from Teixeira:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 6 at 4:32 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Mark Teixeira will miss eight to 10 weeks with a sprained right wrist, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network:

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That's the latest from Fox Sports' baseball insider Jon Morosi, who is reporting (via Twitter) that the New York Yankees slugger will be removed from the United States' WBC roster due to an injury to his right forearm:

Yahoo! Sports MLB columnist Jeff Passan confirms that the slugger's injury is a "strained forearm" and that he could miss up to 10 days:

As's Bryan Hoch noted on Twitter, the injury just sort of crept up on Teixeira, and did so Tuesday during batting practice in the cages:

Teixeira was slated to start at first base for Team USA, providing a big bat in the middle of Joe Torre's lineup and hopefully giving the Americans a good chance to contend for the first time in the three-tournament existence of the WBC. 

However, he will be heading home early, and will now focus solely on getting ready for a return to the Yankees lineup that already is without Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson, and lost Nick Swisher in free agency to the Cleveland Indians.

Tex had a down year in 2012, hitting just .251 while collecting 24 home runs and 84 RBI. However, he did win his fifth Gold Glove last season, and continues to be both a defensive force and offensive threat for one of the American League's premier franchises.

It's part of the reason Torre wanted Tex for Team USA.

As far as the approach to the rest of the WBC, Torre has a few options. He could move Joe Mauer to first base and start one of his other catchers (Jonathan Lucroy or J.P. Arencibia), or opt to use a utility player like Ben Zobrist in that role. 

As Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reported, Teixeira will be replaced on the Team USA roster. There's been no news regarding that name just yet, though:

While Teixeira's return to the Yankees is probably more important to Joe Girardi and the rest of the organization, his exit from the Team USA lineup puts a big dent in their championship hopes.