Mark Teixeira's wrist still bothersome

Updated: June 24, 2013, 11:20 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews |

NEW YORK -- Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is still feeling pain in his damaged right wrist more than a week after receiving a cortisone shot intended to soothe the discomfort from a partially torn tendon sheath, again raising the possibility that Teixeira will need to undergo season-ending surgery.

"He's still experiencing soreness," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told on Monday. "We're trying to work through it."

Cashman would not say specifically whether Teixeira would undergo surgery but acknowledged it has "always been a possibility."

On Sunday, Teixeira was uncharacteristically short with reporters who asked about the condition of his wrist.

"I really don't want to talk about anything right now," he said. "We'll discuss it at the appropriate time."

He did acknowledge, however, that he had been "doing nothing" with the wrist since the injection, administered last Sunday in New York a day after he flew home from Anaheim ahead of the team to be examined by the club's hand specialist, Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser.

Teixeira originally injured the wrist March 5 while hitting off a tee in preparation to pay for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. The injury caused him to miss the first 53 games of the regular season, and upon his return he played in 15 games before being shut down again with what manager Joe Girardi said was inflammation in the wrist but no worsening of the tear.

In those 15 games, Teixeira hit three home runs and drove in 12 runs but batted just .151.

Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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