Back, groin, leg, lat, wrist and fingers.
If you looked at the words above, you would think we’re taking a test on the different parts of the human body. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The list above is all the injuries Mark Teixeira has faced this season, and it continued last night when he missed the game with a stiff hamstring. Teixeira is having a good year power wise…but he’s not having a good year physically.
“Physically, this has been a very difficult year for me,” Teixeira said. “The only consolation I take is that when I am healthy and feeling good and can get a nice stretch of games, I’m still driving in runs and hitting home runs and that’s what I’m here for.
“Hopefully next year is going to be a lot healthier year, but this season with the injuries, every time you get on a roll something pops up. We have another month to go, so hopefully it’s a good month.”
Teixeira felt stiffness in his leg when he was running the bases, saying it was a thing he would normally play through. However, when he brought it to the attention of Joe Girardi, Girardi felt it would have been a good idea to rest Teixeira and get him healthy again.
“I’ve had to deal with these type of things before where you have to try to manage guys,” Girardi said. “It’s not what he wants and it’s not what we want, but it’s something you have to deal with.”
If there’s one thing no one is questioning, it’s his surgically repaired wrist. When healthy, Teixeira is a main power source in the Yankees lineup–he just has to find a way to stay healthy.
“The wrist, I’ve had a couple instances where I had to take some time off, let it heal, let it rest,” Teixeira said. “But overall, I really can’t complain about it because I really didn’t know what to expect.
“The power has been there when I’m healthy and that’s a good thing.”