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.
Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.
Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.
One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.