Sunday, December 8, 2013
The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Mark Teixeira is out for the season. Brian Cashman regrets his outburst. Alex Rodriguez has a heart-to-heart with owner Hal Steinbrenner.
Happy birthday, Derek Jeter.
On a wild day in Yankees land, with big news coming out of New York -- and the weight room in Tampa, Fla. -- baseball's most storied franchise went through 45 minutes worth of press conferences Wednesday at Yankee Stadium to discuss a myriad of team issues.
Group therapy? Not really.
Damage control? You bet.
The most disappointing development for the Yankees concerned Teixeira, who will have season-ending surgery on his right wrist, probably early next week.
The club said Teixeira had an MRI that determined Teixeira's torn tendon sheath had not adequately healed. Three hand specialists concurred, and he was told he should be 100 percent healthy six months after surgery.
"It's very tough, especially in a season where the team could probably use me," Teixeira said.
Lyle Overbay, signed late in spring training, has filled in admirably at first base and provided a string of clutch hits despite a .282 on-base percentage. Unless the Yankees find an upgrade elsewhere, Overbay will continue to start.
"It doesn't really change what we're trying to accomplish, it just makes it a little bit different in how you accomplish it," Girardi said.
Teixeira was hitting .151 with three homers and 12 RBI in 53 at-bats. He is among five injured regulars who have missed a substantial part of the season.
Rodriguez is one of them. He had left hip surgery Jan. 16 and New York has said it expects A-Rod and Jeter to return sometime after the All-Star break.
Jeter, who turned 39 on Wednesday, has been sidelined since breaking his left ankle Oct. 13 in the AL Championship Series opener. He reinjured the ankle while rehabbing.
The status of A-Rod's rehabilitation became a major point of contention this week.
He posted Tuesday night on Twitter that his hip surgeon had cleared him to play in rehab games, a move that angered Cashman because Rodriguez hasn't been cleared by team doctors.
Cashman told ESPNNew-York.com that "Alex should just shut up," punctuating his comment with a profanity.
"I regret the choice of words I used," Cashman said Wednesday, later adding: "I think we're both at fault."
Cashman said Steinbrenner spoke with Rodriguez when the owner was working out in the weight room at the team's complex in Tampa, where Rodriguez has been rehabbing lately.
Cashman said Steinbrenner reiterated to A-Rod that injury information should be announced by the team, not individual players on social media.
"Alex grabbed Hal and they had a conversation. Hal reiterated about -- he did it in a more professional way maybe than I did -- but about managing from the top down rather than from the bottom up, which obviously is how I reacted from yesterday's tweeting and contradicting statements and things of that nature," Cashman said.
"He got the message, I know that."
Cashman said the Yankees want a healthy A-Rod back at third base as soon as possible, and dismissed the notion that the club would rather he not hurry back because it could collect insurance on his hefty salary, or because he could be facing a suspension from Major League Baseball for his alleged involvement in the Biogenesis drug scandal.
"False and false," Cashman said.
ANGELS: Tommy Hanson was scratched from his start against Detroit after feeling tightness in his right forearm while warming up in the bullpen.
WHITE SOX: Third baseman Conor Gillaspie was placed on the paternity leave list and third baseman Brent Morel was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.
PADRES: San Diego recalled left-hander Robbie Erlin from Triple-A Tucson and optioned right-hander Brad Bach to the minor league club.
INDIANS: Cleveland has activated shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list and designated infielder John McDonald for assignment.
ORIOLES: Pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will have season-ending elbow ligament-replacement surgery Thursday.
PIRATES: Pittsburgh recalled right-handed pitcher Jeanmar Gomez from a rehab assignment and activated him from the 15-day disabled list to start against Seattle.