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Teixeira said he had no regrets about going to the WBC or trying to rehab his wrist rather than opting for surgery sooner. Most of his $23,125,000 salary this season will be covered by insurance.
"At some point on the West Coast, I re-injured it. I don’t know exactly when," Teixeira said. "The doctor said this is kind of a classic overuse injury. ... I think it would have probably happened no matter where I was."
Lyle Overbay, signed late in spring training, has filled in admirably at first base and provided a string of clutch hits despite a .282 on-base percentage. Unless the Yankees find an upgrade elsewhere, Overbay will continue to start. He homered Wednesday night in an 8-5 loss to Texas.
"It doesn’t really change what we’re trying to accomplish, it just makes it a little bit different in how you accomplish it," Girardi said.
Teixeira was hitting .151 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 53 at-bats. He is among five injured regulars who have missed a substantial part of the Yankees’ season.
Rodriguez, of course, is one of them. The three-time AL MVP had left hip surgery on Jan. 16 and New York has said it expects both A-Rod and Jeter to return sometime after the All-Star break.
Jeter, who turned 39 on Wednesday, has been sidelined since breaking his left ankle last Oct. 13 in the AL championship series opener. He reinjured the ankle while rehabbing.
The status of A-Rod’s rehabilitation, however, became a major point of contention this week.
The star third baseman posted Tuesday evening on Twitter that his hip surgeon had cleared him to play in rehab games, a move that angered Cashman because Rodriguez has not been cleared by team doctors yet — a point the general manager had just explained to reporters the day before.
Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com that "Alex should just shut ... up," punctuating his comment with a profanity.
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