The New York Yankees are making Mark Teixeira take it easy this spring training and it is not going over well with the first baseman. Teixeira has been dealing with the injury to his wrist for over a year now. The Yankees are making Texiera take it slow this spring because the injury kept him out most of last season.
Teixeira was not happy after being shut down by the team’s pitching coach, Larry Rothchild, after only a 21 pitch batting practice session according to the New York Daily News. Teixeira was quite irritated by his session being cut short but the incident has not caused a rift between the team and their first baseman.
While Teixeira obviously wants to speed up his return to regular baseball activities, the Yankees do not want to take a chance that he could possibly have a setback. The team should be concerned. Just last season the first baseman had to have season ending surgery. As reported by the New York Daily News’ Mark Feinsand,
“they have no contingency plan if Teixeira’s wrist troubles him again…”
The other players the Yankees’ have that might be able to replace Teixeira are non-roster invitees Russ Canzler and Yangervis Solarte. So while Teixeira may not like the way the Yankees’ are limiting his baseball related activities this spring, they are doing the right thing in being cautious.