Despite the fact that it may be a necessity at some point, New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will not have surgery to repair the torn cartilage in his right knee.
There were many concerns over the fact that surgery may be the go-to option as we have seen many athletes never be able to return to form following an operation on articular cartilage.
As ESNY’s Emmanuel Berbari pointed out, Grady Sizemore and Amare Stoudemire weren’t the same, following this injury.
“Our goal is to try to get him baseball-ready in three weeks to see where we’re at,” manager Joe Girardi told ESPN following the Yankees’ come from behind win against the Angels. “I can’t tell you it’s going to be three weeks, but that’s our goal through treatment and all the other things that he’ll go through.”
Sure, he may be able to rehab his way back into the lineup before season’s end, but how effective can we honestly expect the man who hasn’t sent a “Tex Message” since April 13?
Teixeira maintained a porous .180/.271/.263 slash line with a laughable three home runs. Throw in a career-threatening injury to a 36-year old’s knee? Not even CC Sabathia’s knee brace can save him on this one.
The former gold glover is in his final season of his eight-year, $180 million contract in the Bronx and has not played more than 123 games since the 2011 season thanks to a career full of injuries.