Mark Teixeira is out for the season. Brian Cashman regrets his outburst. Alex Rodriguez has a heart-to-heart with owner Hal Steinbrenner.
Oh, and happy birthday, Derek Jeter.
On a wild day in Yankees land, with big news coming out of New York — and the weight room in Tampa, Fla. — baseball’s most storied franchise paraded three prominent figures in front of a microphone at Yankee Stadium for 45 minutes worth of press conferences Wednesday to discuss a myriad of team issues.
Group therapy? Not really.
Damage control? You bet.
The most disappointing development for the Yankees concerned Teixeira, who will have season-ending surgery on his right wrist, probably early next week.
The club announced that the switch-hitting first baseman had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test with dye contrast and team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad determined that Teixeira’s torn tendon sheath had not adequately healed. Three hand specialists concurred, and the two-time All-Star said he was told he should be 100 percent healthy six months after surgery.
“It’s very tough, especially in a season where the team could probably use me,” Teixeira said, batting second in the news conference lineup between manager Joe Girardi and Cashman.
Teixeira was hurt while hitting off a tee March 5, when he was with the U.S. team at the World Baseball Classic.
Jeter, who turned 39 on Wednesday, has been sidelined since breaking his left ankle last Oct. 13 in the American League Championship Series opener. He reinjured the ankle while rehabbing. He and Rodriguez are expected to return sometime after the All-Star break.
The status of A-Rod’s rehabilitation, however, became a major point of contention this week.
The star third baseman posted Tuesday evening on Twitter that his hip surgeon had cleared him to play in rehab games, a move that angered Cashman because Rodriguez has not been cleared by team doctors.
Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com that “Alex should just shut … up,” punctuating his comment with a profanity.
“I regret the choice of words I used,” Cashman said, later adding: “I think we’re both at fault.”
Cashman said Steinbrenner spoke with Rodriguez when the owner was working out in the weight room at the team’s complex in Tampa, where Rodriguez has been rehabbing lately, and reiterated to A-Rod that injury information should be announced by the team, not individual players on social media.
Already out 21/2 weeks with a neck strain, Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz cut short a bullpen session after 18 pitches and was scheduled for an MRI after feeling some “restriction” in the neck. … Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, drafted fourth overall in the 2011, will have season-ending elbow ligament-replacement surgery Thursday.