There is a measure of consolation for teams that lose players to injuries related to the World Baseball Classic — insurance from the WBC may cover those players’ salaries if they miss time during the regular season.
In general, a player must miss at least 30 days for the coverage to apply, according to a major league source. Once he misses at least 30 days, his salary for the lost time will be covered in full, no matter how long he is out.
Thus, the salaries of Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will be covered while they are on the disabled list for their respective clubs.
Teixeira suffered a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist before the tournament began while swinging a bat in a drill as a member of Team USA. Ramirez tore a ligament in his right thumb while playing in the championship game for the Dominican Republic.
Ramirez required surgery and is expected to be out at least two months. Teixeira is expected to miss about the same out of time, but could be out longer if he needs surgery. Teixeira will earn $22.5 million this season, Ramirez $15.5 million.
Insurance also applies to players who suffer an injury during the tournament, return to their teams and then suffer a re-occurrence of the same injury within a set time period, the source said.
Mets third baseman David Wright suffered a strained left ribcage muscle during the tournament but is expected to return at or near the start of the regular season. If he re-injures the same area after the season begins and misses at least 30 days, the Mets could be covered for the appropriate portion of his $11 million salary.
The WBC policies in 2006 and ’09 did not account for re-injuries, but the coverage was adjusted to provide additional protection for the clubs, the source said.
ESPN’s Buster Olney first reported the news of the WBC insurance.