Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yanks' Teixeira May Go Back to Dl

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yanks' Teixeira May Go Back to Dl

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Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira could be headed back to the disabled list with a sore right wrist that might yet require season- ending surgery.

The latest setback for Teixeira comes on the heels of third baseman Kevin Youkilis' return to the DL because of a chronic back issue that has him sidelined indefinitely.

And once more, the Yankees are faced with the possibility that two key regulars might provide little or no impact on a 2013 season defined by injury.

"At times, you feel like you're Sisyphus, pushing up the rock and the rock keeps falling back on top of you," said Yankees GM Brian Cashman, mixing Greek mythology Monday to describe his baseball- themed Greek tragedy.

"But our job is to find a way and keep pushing up that rock."

Cashman is leaning toward a DL stint for Teixeira since the All- Star first baseman won't be available until Monday following a diagnosis of inflammation and a cortisone shot.

"Especially given what he's going through, the extra week [of rest] makes a lot more sense," Cashman said.

Teixeira missed the season's first two months because of a torn tendon sheath, and batted just .151 (8-for-53) since his return.

The switch-hitting Teixeira is just 3-for-35 as a left-handed batter, and complained of not being able to whip his swing as he's been accustomed. Hitting coach Kevin Long underscored those difficulties after Teixeira pulled himself from Saturday's game at Angel Stadium after two at-bats.

Until then, Cashman said he'd had no communication from the coaching or medical staff about Teixeira's discomfort left-handed, though the GM said he wasn't angry with Long for his public admission.

At the time of the original injury in early March, Teixeira had an estimated 30 percent chance of requiring season-ending surgery - causing the club to rehab Teixeira even more cautiously than he wished.

Sunday's MRI revealed no new tear and wrist surgery is not yet an option, though a continued drop-off in Teixeira's performance could force the issue. …

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