NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has had surgery to repair the tendon sheath in his right wrist.
The Yankees said Tuesday that the switch-hitter had the operation Monday at NYU Hospital. The surgery was performed by Dr. Keith Raskin and “went as planned.”
The team previously said Teixeira will miss the rest of the season.
“The doctor couldn’t have been happier with how the surgery went,” Teixeira said on WFAN’s “Boomer & Carton” show Wednesday. “He knew what he had to do and he went (in) there and fixed it.”
Teixeira was injured in early March preparing for the World Baseball Classic with Team USA. He returned May 31 after missing 53 games. He got off to a good start before slumping to a .151 average with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 53 at-bats.
“If I have surgery right away in March, I’m probably going to miss the whole season,” Teixeira told Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton. “And that wasn’t acceptable to me. So if there was any chance at all that I could come back and help my team this year, I was gonna do that.”
The five-time Gold Glove winner last played June 15 when he took himself out of a game against the Los Angeles Angels.
“The doctor was very, very confident that I’d be 100 percent (after surgery),” Teixeira said. “This injury should be healed up. I’m gonna cut back on my swings a little bit and not be so crazy in the cage, and hopefully that will help.”
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