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 Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.