Sims: How Will Wrist Surgery Affect Mark Teixeira’s Swing?

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By Abby Sims
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Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira says he’s feeling healthy and plans to play through the season, though he intentionally started off spring training at a deliberate pace. Recently Teixeira began ramping up the demands on him at the plate in preparation to begin Grapefruit League play in early March.

Teixeira had surgery on July 1 to repair a torn ECU (extensor carpi ulnaris) tendon sheath in his right wrist. He had initially attempted to manage the injury conservatively after sustaining the tear at the outset of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Though projected to return to the lineup for Opening Day, Teixeira is on the record as acknowledging that his surgeon, Dr. Keith Raskin, said the wrist should continue to improve throughout the 2014 season – status quo for soft tissue healing, which takes about a year for the tensile strength of the…

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