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Teixeira Update – The Good News And Bad

images-3The good news after Mark Teixeira’s MRI this morning is that there isn’t a tendon or tendon sheath tear in his right wrist. The best-case-scenario bad news is that there is inflammation.

Teixeira reportedly received a cortisone injection and, though there are evidently no plans to relegate him to the DL, it would not be a shock if that’s where he winds up.

It is important to realize that the injection will reduce Teixeira’s inflammation but will not resolve the cause. His wrist is clearly vulnerable and, even if his pain quickly resolves while at rest, picking up the bat too soon will set off a problem that could become recurrent or chronic.

Is Mark Teixeira Out Of Options?

Mark-Teixeira2f he didn’t make his living hitting baseballs, waiting to see the outcome of rehab alone would likely have been the best option for Teixeira. However, it was my feeling from the outset that, because he risked ultimately requiring surgery, getting it over with was the better choice. This would have increased the chances of recovery in time to be an impact player for the second half of this season. Yes, there are risks inherent with any surgery, but the scenario that is playing out only prolongs the process.

Two Weeks Sounds Optimistic For Teixeira’s Wrist Injury

teixeira2Mark Teixeira, who will be 33 next month, reportedly sustained a right wrist strain during batting practice before a World Baseball Classic exhibition game on Tuesday. Though it was said he would likely miss two weeks of action, Teixeira will undergo an additional workup in New York after which the precise diagnosis and course of action will be determined.

The term strain implies a stress injury to either a muscle or tendon that entails a stretch beyond the capacity of the tissue. The trauma sustained can range from mild (grade 1) to severe (grade 3).

Jose Bautista’s Unstable Tendon

bautistaJose Bautista, the 31 year-old hard-hitting Toronto Blue Jays outfielder, faces season-ending surgery to stabilize a tendon in in his left wrist. Bautista suffered the wrist injury on July 16th and, though he tried to come back on August 24th, returned to the DL the following day, noting that instability of the tendon rather than pain was the overriding factor influencing his decision to undergo the procedure.

Carl Crawford’s Wrist Watch

carl crawfordCarl Crawford, All Star Red Sox left fielder, evidently had injections to cope with left wrist pain during the 2011 season. He complained of issues once again, very late in the post-season, reporting soreness when swinging a bat. Accounts of Crawford’s subpar 2011 season now attribute his decline to what was likely a nagging wrist injury. Crawford underwent arthroscopic surgery in January and, for some reason, was already throwing, hitting off a tee and working on his questionable bunting skills in spring training when he complained of a flare-up in his wrist. What was the rush?

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