The New York Yankees received an update on their starting first baseman. According to Roger Rubin at ESPNNewYork via mlbtraderumors.com, Mark Teixeira will not undergo surgery on the torn cartilage in his right knee. Instead, he will try a rest, treatment and rehab approach that the team hopes will allow him to return to action in three weeks. However, there is no guarantee this is going to work; if it doesn’t, you will most likely have seen the last of Teixeira in Pinstripes.
In addition to helping the team by trying this approach, both sides want to give it a go because of reasons seperate from the 2016 season. The Yanks hope this works because if Teixeira can come back in say, a month and produce well, the team could get something for him if it falls completely out of the playoff race. For Teixeira, surgery is the absolute last option because if he goes under the knife, he will have established no free agent value. A successful return in 2016 may convince a team to give him a short-term, incentive-laden deal in the offseason.
Teixeira’s myrid injury history convinces the cynics in us that both sides are postponing the inevitable. I would say there is a better than 50-50 chance that surgery will ultimately be required. I hope I am wrong. The team has been down this road before. Masahiro Tanaka had a partial tear of his UCL which most times means Tommy John surgery. However, both player and team opted for a different approach and thus far that has proven to be the correct move. Let’s hope the approach of Teixeira and the Yanks in this case also proves to be the right one.
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