Mark Teixeira of Yankees seeks to avoid repeat of last year’s ‘nightmare’
Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees was limited to 15 games last season because of a wrist problem that required surgery. He is eager to return to the good form from his previous four seasons with the team.
The New York Times and The Associated Press
SARASOTA, Fla. – First baseman Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees is working exceptionally hard this spring and getting daily treatment on his right wrist — everything he can do to make sure he is the player he was in his first four seasons with the team, in which he averaged 34 homers and 106 runs batted in.
Then there was last year.
At the World Baseball Classic last March, Teixeira was hitting off a tee and swinging a weighted bat when his wrist did not feel right. After a series of stints on the disabled list, he had surgery July 1 to repair the tendon sheath on the wrist.
“I can’t even look at a weighted bat anymore,” he said. “Makes me nauseous. Last year was a nightmare.”
Teixeira played 15 games last season, hitting three home runs in 53 at-bats. But he tries not to dwell on that or think about the injury.
“It feels like a normal spring,” the 33-year-old said.
Teixeira, who is batting .167 with one double this spring, is a slow starter — usually through the first month of the regular season.
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