Rest was the final option. Mark Teixeira had seen multiple doctors and been prescribed several remedies. When nothing solved his lingering couch, Joe Girardi met with him last night to suggest taking three days off. Teixeira sat out last night, he’ll sit out today and Girardi said he “might” give Teixeira tomorrow as well.
“Originally he told me no last night,” Girardi said. “It’s difficult. He wants to be out there. Tex is a ballplayer and wants to play every day, but I just said, ‘You know what Tex, watching what you’re going through, I just don’t think a day is enough. Let’s try something else.’ And if we can’t get rid of it with two or three days off, we’ll know that the rest isn’t necessarily going to help it and we’ll have to find some other way.”
Teixeira got sick at the Welcome Home dinner last night, and although doctors say the virus is gone, his airways are inflamed, making breathing difficult. He’s had coughing fits during games, he’s occasionally skipped batting practice and his energy level has been affected.
Through it all, Teixeira has insisted he’s healthy enough to play, and he’s actually hit .296/.345/.481 in his past seven games. His overall production, though, has been far worse than the Yankees hoped and expected.
“We’ve tried everything,” Teixeira said. “That’s why rest is like the last effort here. I’ve taken more medicine than I’d like to. I think we’re done with that option. Rest is kind of the final straw here for us. … I’ve seen specialists that say it may just be a matter of time. Unfortunately you want it to be better right away, but nothing to be worried about because all the tests are OK. It is what it is.”
• Dave Robertson still felt discomfort in his oblique on Thursday (he could feel it when he coughed). That’s not a huge surprise because he was supposed to wait 10 days before really testing it, and that’s still the plan. He last pitched last Friday. “We’ll wait until day 10 and then we’ll make a decision if he’s ready,” Girardi said.
• Brett Gardner will be evaluated today to determine whether his elbow is ready to begin swinging a bat again.
• Girardi said he’ll monitor Ivan Nova during warmups and through the early innings to make sure he’s not favoring that sprained ankle. The Yankees don’t expect it to be an issue.
• Both David Phelps and Freddy Garcia are available in case Nova’s ankle doesn’t let him pitch.
• Nick Swisher has started at first in back-to-back games because of Teixeira’s absence. Girardi said he might use Eric Chavez at first base tomorrow and put Swisher back in right field (personally, I can’t help wondering if Dewayne Wise might start in center field tomorrow so that Curtis Granderson can get his first DH day of the year, but that’s strictly a guess).
• Why not just send Teixeira home to rest rather than have him sit around in the dugout? “You could do that,” Girardi said. “But you do have emergencies when you might need him. And sometimes – put this in a nice way – when you have young kids, you get more rest at the ballpark.”
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