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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Mark Teixeira’s wrist injury latest blow to snakebitten Yankees

03.07.13 at 7:55 am ET

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‘™¦ Mark Teixeira‘s wrist injury, suffered while he was hitting off a tee before the U.S. World Baseball Classic team’s exhibition game against the White Sox on Tuesday, is expected to sideline the first baseman for at least 8-10 weeks, another blow to the injury-ravaged Yankees.

“This ain’t good,” said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, himself in a wheelchair following a skydiving accident earlier this week that left him with a broken leg and dislocated ankle.

Cashman said Teixeira’s injury is comparable to the one suffered by Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista last year. Bautista was injured on July 17 and played just two games in August before having season-ending surgery.

The extent of Teixeira’s injury was a surprise to Team USA manager Joe Torre.

“I think he took about three or four light swings as he was starting to get loose and he felt something in there,” Torre said. “He said he never had this before. He was just shaking his head.”

‘™¦ Dwight Howard, in an interview earlier this week with Los Angeles’ CBS-TV affiliate, slighted his former Magic teammates in noting that he had to carry the team. “My team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted, and I was the leader and I led that team with a smile on my face,” Howard said. Not surprisingly, that did not sit well with the Orlando players.

“At some point, when are you gonna as a man, when are you going to take ownership and stay out of the media in a professional manner,” Magic guard Jameer Nelson told the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday.

“I would be less of a man to comment on certain things that people comment on about me and my teammates. We had a great run as a group, as core guys, and he was a part of it [reading the 2009 NBA finals], and for him to say things about anybody in a native manner, that’s up to him.”

Howard responded Wednesday by implying he was misunderstood, and that he only was trying to say the Magic were “underdogs.”

“I would never say anything disrespectful to those guys, and I think a lot of people took that and ran with it, twisted it into a negative thing,” Howard said. “I love those guys.”

‘™¦ Following an incident Tuesday when Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was hit in the eye by a slap shot, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly noted that the league has pushed for mandatory visor use but can’t get the union to agree.

“It’s a continuing discussion we have with the Players’ Association and among our general managers,” Daly told via e-mail. “We have consistently been in favor of a rule mandating visors. The PA has historically been in favor of maintaining ‘Player choice,’ coupled with continued education and sensitization.”

Added Daly: “In fairness, the use of visors has continued to increase at a significant pace over the last several years. So, I’m not sure a single incident will materially change or impact the ongoing discussion or approach.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On March 7, 1995, which Celtic became the ninth NBA player to record 25,000 career points when he netted 19 during a 115-10 loss to the Knicks?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We have found ways to win. The trust is there now. Guys are giving what Doc [Rivers] wants. We are finding a way.” — Celtics forward Jeff Green, after Wednesday’s 83-81 comeback victory over the Pacers

STAT OF THE DAY: 20 — Consecutive points by the Lakers to end Wednesday’s 108-102 victory over the Hornets

‘NET RESULTS: Jamal Crawford goes between his legs for an alley-oop set-up to Blake Griffin during Wednesday night’s game vs. the Bucks.

Paul Pierce sneaks into the 76ers huddle during Tuesday night’s Celtics victory.

This will not help advocates of fighting in hockey: Maple Leafs enforcer Frazer McLaren knocks out Senators rookie David Dziurzynski in Wednesday night’s game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dominique Wilkins

SOOTHING SOUNDS: J. Geils Band lead singer Peter Wolf was born on this day in 1946.

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