Mark Teixeira spoke to the media yesterday for the first time since the Yankees announced that he’ll miss 8-10 weeks with a strained wrist tendon and revealed a little bit of a silver lining: He won’t require surgery.
That won’t enable him to return before mid-May at the earliest, but obviously avoiding going under the knife is always a good thing. According to Teixeira, doctors told him that it’s not an injury he could play through because he’d be at risk of further damaging the tendon to the point that surgery would then be necessary.
“That’s why we have the conservative timetable of 8-10 weeks, because we really don’t know exactly how long it’s going to take, but it has to heal fully,” Teixeira said, via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
The Reds have signed free agent reliever Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract, the team announced Saturday. The deal comes with a major-league invite and could be worth $1.25 million if Perez secures a roster spot this spring, with an additional $500,000 in potential performance bonuses.
Perez, 36, is coming off of a two-year run with the Nationals. He produced a 4.64 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 an d10.6 SO/9 through 50 relief appearances and 33 innings with the club in 2017. The veteran lefty hasn’t kept an ERA under 4.00 in at least four seasons, but he continues to be undeniably solid against left-handed batters, holding them to a .227/.301/.364 batting line over 18 1/3 innings last year.
While returning southpaw Wandy Peralta appears to have locked down a bullpen spot already, Perez will still compete for another role against fellow left-handers Cody Reed and Amir Garrett, both of whom also have experience in the rotation. If Perez doesn’t break camp with the team, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon notes, he’ll be permitted to opt out of his contract. The Reds are currently looking to bounce back from a dismal performance in 2017, one in which their bullpen ranked 28th among major league teams with a collective 5.63 ERA and -1.2 fWAR.