2014 is the ‘Year of Injuries’ for Mark Teixeira

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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.”

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6 Responses to 2014 is the ‘Year of Injuries’ for Mark Teixeira

  1. Celerino says:

    He really rubs me the wrong way when he says he hits homeruns and that's what he's paid for. He's not paid to hit .230 and he wasn't paid to hit .250 either when he actually got his average up that high. How much longer are we stuck with him?

  2. Bob says:

    Time to trade him

    • It is highly unlikely that anyone would take him. He's still owed $46 million after this season. The Yankees would have to eat $40 million of that for somebody to be interested and that's not going to happen.

      • Celerino says:

        He probably also has a no trade clause. At the very least, the Yankees have to have a better "Plan B" for first base next year.

  3. Great article. I'm thinking that 2013, 2012 and late 2011 and even late 2010 were also the year of the injury for Teixeira. There haven't been as many Yankees as brittle as him this side of Carl Pavano. The guy is hurt every single year. His $23 million a year are really killing them. I mean, they got just as much production out of Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds platooning last season. Unfortunately, he isn't a free agent until 2017.

  4. thomas says:

    This is why you don't sign a player past 7 years! Everyone knows that you pay for the first 3 or 4 years then you just carry the player for the rest of the contract. This is why I supported letting Cano walk if he wanted more than 7 years. The contract will be a problem in year 7 and 8, forget about 9 and 10. In 3 years Cano will be the same age as Tex. A-Rod"s contract is killing also. CC is another, but he had 3 great years.

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