Team USA manager Joe Torre admitted last night he was shocked at the extent of Mark Teixeira’s wrist injury. He also was surprised when he saw the lineup the Yankees are running out there these days.
The former Yankees manager also spoke to the current manager Joe Girardi about Teixeira’s wrist injury that will keep the slugger sidelined eight to 10 weeks. Teixeira suffered the injury hitting off a batting tee on Tuesday at Team USA’s practice for the World Baseball Classic.
“That blew me over,’’ Torre said Wednesday night of the Teixeira diagnosis that came down earlier in the day. “It surprised the heck out of me. He felt tightness. I went in the trainer’s room and it was wrapped up in ice. I said did you feel something pop and he said no, it was tight. That’s what he told [hitting coach] Gerald Perry and he sent him inside. The x-ray was negative.’’
Torre spoke with Teixeira Tuesday night. “He texted me, [said] sorry this happened. So I called him and we talked.’’
As for his conversation with Girardi, Torre said, “Joe called me [Tuesday] night. He’s fine. It’s stuff you can’t control. I watch that lineup they throw out there with people you’ve never heard of. And the thing that catches attention is at home, because what we always did and continue to do, you play your lineup at home because you sell out. So you know when that’s the case, it’s not like guys didn’t want to travel. They’ve been beat up pretty good.
“It’s very tough. But what are your options after it happens to you,’’ Torre added. “Sit around and say what if?’’
Torre then offered this suggestion: “When you get injuries, try to find a way to plug the hole. If you start to feel sorry for yourself, there’ll be a lot of people walking over the top of you.’’
Torre shocked at severity of Teixeira’s wrist injury
New York Post | Mar 7