MLB notes: Teixeira to have wrist surgery, out for season
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira watches his home run in front of Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes during MLB action at Yankee Stadium in New York June 3, 2013.
Mark Teixeira’s season is over, almost before it really began.
The New York Yankees announced Wednesday that Teixeira, who has been on the disabled list since June 18, will have surgery on his injured right wrist and miss the duration of the season. The first baseman has played just 15 games due to the wrist issue, which flared up prior to the World Baseball Classic and kept him out of action until may 31.
“It’s very tough, especially in a season where the team could probably use me,” Teixeira said on the team website. “We’ve had some really, really good teams the last few years, and this year, we have a great team, and I would love to be a part of this team. I really would’ve loved to be part of hopefully what’s a playoff run, but when you realize that it’s not going to happen, it’s really difficult.”
Teixeira said he will likely have the surgery within the next week. He will need 4-5 months off but expects to be healthy in time for the 2014 season.
“I’ve worked so hard my entire career to try to not be injured and to be healthy, and up until this year,” he said, “I’ve had a lot of success. But this is one of those years — you learn from it. Hopefully, the surgery is a complete success and 2014’s going to be a great year.”
Teixeira hit .151 with three home runs and 12 RBIs this season.
TOP PROSPECT UNDER KNIFE
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy, one of the top prospects in baseball, will have Tommy John surgery on Thursday.
Bundy was diagnosed with having a partial tear in his right elbow ligament after being examined by Dr. James Andrews Wednesday in Florida. The injury was originally diagnosed as right flexor mass tightness.
The 20-year-old, ranked the No. 2 prospect by MLB.com at the start of the 2013 season, is expected to be out for 12 months.
Bundy was discovered to have a torn ligament after having a setback in his rehab on Monday. He was shut down in March after first experiencing a problem and was working his way back to the lineup with he felt more discomfort.
Last season, Bundy went 9-3 with a 2.08 earned-run average in 23 starts between single-A and double-A before making his major league debut in September.
BUCHHOLZ HAS SETBACK
Injured Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz will have an MRI after feeling irritation in his neck during a bullpen session Wednesday.
Buchholz threw 15-18 pitches before cutting the session short when he felt a problem with his trapezius muscle, an issue that has kept him out of the lineup since June 8. It’s possible the right-hander won’t return until after the all-star break next month.
“Hopefully we can kind of take care of this real quick and get the process moving quicker than it has been,” Buchholz said on the team website. “Still not ruling that out. Definitely don’t want that to happen. I want to pitch before the break. I don’t want it to be all this time off and then come back from the break with four days added on to that. I want to figure it out and get on the mound and do whatever I need to do well.”
Buchholz went 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA before hurting his neck when he made a throw to first base during a game against the Los Angeles Angels on June 8.
YANKS’ CASHMAN SORRY
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman apologized Wednesday for telling ESPN New York that injured third baseman Alex Rodriguez should “shut the f*** up’ about his injury status.
“I regret the choice of words I used yesterday,” Cashman told reporters at Yankee Stadium. “I didn’t handle this one. I popped. Reality TV at its best....We want to control the message and when. We want Alex back. That’s not an issue.”
Rodriguez, who has been out all season with a hip problem, tweeted Tuesday that he’d been given the “green light to play games again,” which set Cashman off. Rodriguez issued a statement Wednesday, clarifying why he posted that news to Twitter.
“I will continue to work hard until my efforts get me back in pinstripes and help my team win,” he said. “The tweet was pure excitement about Dr. (Bryan) Kelly’s prognosis.”
Injured Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy threw for the first time since fracturing a rib June 5. According to the Chicago Tribune, Peavy threw for seven minutes and said afterward he felt fine ... Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez, who’s been out a month with a strained shoulder, will be activated off the disabled list Thursday, according to manager Terry Francona. While he was sidelined, Perez was also arrested and charged with possession of marijuana ... The Indians designated John McDonald for assignment to clear space on the roster for Asdrubal Cabrera, who was activated off the DL. Cabrera was out with a quad injury.