Mark Teixeira Injury: Updates on Yankees Star's Knee and Return

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May 18, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira reacts to an inside pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira had an articular cartilage tear in his right knee, which could eventually require surgery. He left the Yankees' game against the Baltimore Orioles on June 3 and was placed on the disabled list on June 4, but he is ready to play.

Continue for updates.

Teixeira Active Versus Twins

Saturday, June 25

The Yankees announced Teixeira has been activated from the disabled list and will bat sixth against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

Girardi Comments on Teixeira's Recovery

Tuesday, June 7

"Our goal is to try to get him baseball-ready in three weeks to see where we're at," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Monday night, per ESPN.com's Roger Rubin. He continued:

I can't tell you it's going to be three weeks, but that's our goal through treatment and all the other things that he'll go through.

When I say baseball-ready, that would mean that he would be ready to play in a game somewhere. Could it go faster? I guess. Could it go slower? I guess. But that's our goal.

Cashman Comments on Potential Surgery for Teixeira

Saturday, June 4

“The initial effort is going to try to be to treat it conservatively with rest, probably involving injections, and then see how he responds to that," general manager Brian Cashman said in a phone call this morning, per Chad Jennings of LoHud.com. "If that doesn’t work, then you’re looking at a surgical procedure. If that’s the case, then his season is probably done."

Teixeira Lands on DL

Saturday, June 4

The Yankees announced they placed Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list and "selected infielder Chris Parmelee from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre."

Jennings added, "The choice of [Parmelee] as the replacement, Cashman said, is based entirely on performance. Parmelee has a .787 OPS in Triple-A."

Teixeira Struggling to Shake Injury Bug

Injuries have been a recurring problem for Teixeira over the last few years. He hasn't appeared in more than 123 games in a season since 2011, though he had missed only six games so far this year.

The lingering ailments, and perhaps age, have sapped most of Teixeira's value on offense. The 36-year-old owns a .180/.271/.263 slash line and three home runs in 167 at-bats this season.