It could have been worse. The timing could have been worse and the injury could have been worse for Mark Teixeira. That doesn't mean the Yankees' first baseman isn't disappointed. Teixeira spoke with reporters via conference call on Thursday, his first public comments (save for two Twitter posts) since suffering a strained tendon in his right wrist on Tuesday. He explained that he came down with the injury while performing routine pre-batting practice work. "I've been swinging with a weighted bat off the tee for the past probably four years now, just because I feel like it keeps me strong," Teixeira said. "It really loosens me up. I was swinging with my weighted bat, and it was the fifth or sixth swing off the tee before batting practice on Tuesday, and I just felt something kind of tighten up in my wrist. I went into the training room right afterward." Teixeira took some solace in the fact that the injury will not require surgery. It also helps, at least somewhat, that he got hurt in March, rather than a month later, since the first four weeks of Teixeira's rehabilitation will occur during Grapefruit League play. Though there was some initial hope that the injury might only cause Teixeira to miss a few days, he will instead be out approximately eight to 10 weeks. That would put him on track for a return to action by mid-May, a timetable that Teixeira admitted is flexible. "[Surgery] doesn't look like it's necessary," he said. "It's just a strain. The doctors told me it's a classic baseball injury -- an overuse injury where I have to let it heal. It's not one of those things I can play through. I can't play at 70 or 80 percent, because then you'd have the opportunity of completely tearing it, and then you will need surgery. That's why we have the conservative timetable of eight to 10 weeks, because we really don't know exactly how long it's going to take, but it has to heal fully." Teixeira said he plans to keep working out in every way he can, remaining at the Yankees' complex in Tampa. As a result, he hopes that once he can begin swinging a bat, the return to full baseball shape should be a relatively quick process.
Teixeira: Wrist surgery 'doesn't look necessary'
MLB.com | Mar 7