Teixeira Finished for Season
New York — Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will have season-ending surgery on his right wrist.
The Yankees said yesterday that the All-Star had an MRI with dye contrast and that team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad determined the torn tendon sheath had not adequately healed.
Recovery time for the surgery is projected at six months.
Teixeira was hurt while hitting off a tee March 5, when he was with the U.S. team at the World Baseball Classic. He made his season debut May 31, then came out of a game June 15 because of inflammation. He went back on the disabled list and did not respond to a cortisone shot.
Toronto outfielder Jose Bautista, limited to four at-bats after July 16 last year because of a similar injury, had surgery last Sept. 4 and was ready for spring training.
A two-time All-Star, Teixeira was batting just .151 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 53 at-bats. He is among five regulars who have missed a substantial part of the Yankees season.
■ Brian Cashman said he regrets the words he used in an angry response to Alex Rodriguez’s injury update on Twitter, but the New York Yankees general manager insists the team wants a healthy A-Rod back at third base as soon as possible.
Cashman said owner Hal Steinbrenner told him he spoke with Rodriguez yesterday in Tampa, Fla., and reiterated that injury information should be announced by the team, not individual players on social media.
Cashman said Rodriguez did not get back to him after he tried to contact the slugger Tuesday night.
The star third baseman tweeted Tuesday evening that his hip surgeon had cleared him to play in rehabilitation games, a move that angered Cashman because Rodriguez has not been cleared by team doctors yet. Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com that “Alex should just shut ... up,” punctuating his comment with a profanity.