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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees’ Mark Teixeira injury more serious than initially thought

03.18.13 at 7:53 am ET

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NBA: Heat at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Knicks at Jazz, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Flyers at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
World Baseball Classic: Netherlands vs. Dominican Republic, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Phillies at Braves, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB preseason: Brewers at Indians, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)


‘™¦ Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira‘s wrist injury is worse than originally thought. Teixeira on Sunday revealed that instead of just a strained tendon, he has a partially torn tendon sheath (which covers the tendon and keeps it in place).

General manager Brian Cashman said Teixeira still is not slated for surgery, which would be “the worst-case scenario.” He put the chances at 30 percent that Teixeira would need a season-ending procedure, noting that the tendon is stable rather than dislocated. That gives the player hope that it will heal on its own in a couple of months.

“This is one of those things I can’€™t come back too early,” Teixeira said. “We saw when I tried to play too early last year what happened. I don’€™t know if it’€™s going to be middle of May, beginning of May, beginning of June. I don’t know when it is, but I know there’s a whole bunch of season left, and the time that really matters is the playoffs.”

Teixeira suffered the injury while hitting off a tee during a practice with the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic.

‘™¦ Mavericks owner Mark Cuban still is upset that Derek Fisher signed with the Thunder last month, two months after the veteran guard received his release from the Mavs because he said he missed his family. Before the Thunder visited Dallas for a Sunday game, Cuban told The Dallas Morning News: “I’ll make a point not to see him. I’ll just boo him hopefully like everybody else.”

Cuban said he offered Fisher advice when he was out of the league, eventually adding him to the Mavs roster, and Fisher betrayed him in return.

“I really tried to help him out,” Cuban said. “And then to have him pull this stuff. ‘€¦ But it wasn’t his first time. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, you know, I’m an idiot.”

Added Cuban: “It’€™s not that he used me. Look, my personality is to try to help somebody, particularly somebody that I thought one thing about. It didn’€™t turn out to be that way. I was just trying to be nice and help. Usually, when you help somebody, you expect some semblance of loyalty back. So when you don’€™t get it, it’€™s more disappointing.

“His history, I shouldn’€™t have been surprised what happened. I thought I offered him some positive encouragement and advice. And then we signed him. I expected a little different turnout than what happened. That’€™s just how it goes. I have my big-boy pants on.”

Responded Fisher: “I love Mark and I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he’€™s done and does in terms of this team. ‘€¦ I don’t have any issues with Mark, and hopefully one day we’€™ll be able to get past this and have much more things to enjoy and laugh about than the short few weeks here.”

‘™¦ With the NCAA tournament set to begin this week, Forbes magazine takes a look at the absurdly high salaries being paid to coaches and has a list of the most overpaid.

Missouri coach Frank Haith is No. 1, followed by Kentucky’s John Calipari. Other notables names include Michigan’s John Beilein (4), Louisville’s Rick Pitino (5) and Indiana’s Tom Crean (9).

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 18, 1953, the National League owners approved the move of the Braves from Boston to Milwaukee. Who was the Braves owner?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Thought we had a chance to win. We spent more time in their end and we did all the things right except we couldn’t get that goal. There was a couple of times where the goalie was out and we shot a puck and it looked like it was going, it hits a skate and goes wide and you get those games, you get those nights.” — Bruins coach Claude Julien, after Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Penguins

STAT OF THE DAY: 22 — Consecutive wins for the Heat — tied for second-longest in NBA history — heading into Monday’s matchup against the Celtics

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): From the Connecticut Class LL girls state championship game Saturday, Mercy ran the Valparaiso play to perfection, as Cassie Santoro caught a long inbounds pass and found Maria Weselyj for a 3-pointer at the buzzer that gave Mercy a 54-53 victory over Lauralton Hall.

Here’s your latest Blake Griffin highlight dunk.

Canucks goalies Roberto Luongo and Corey Schneider put their rivalry aside — sort of — to make this funny video.

During a Swiss National League A hockey game, the puck breaks in half after hitting the post on a shot from Fribourg-Gotteron’s Cedric Botter (the goal was disallowed, but Fribourg-Gotteron went on to a 6-1 victory over EHC Biel).


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Charley Pride, who turned to singing after a minor league baseball career and now is a minority owner of the Texas Rangers, was born on this day in 1938.

Read More: Derek Fisher, John Calipari, Mark Cuban, Mark Teixeira