The never-ending struggle between Mark Teixeira and his nagging cough may not be over, but there is now a solution.
The Yankee first baseman saw a specialist today at Columbia Presbyterian who discovered that Teixeira had suffered nerve damage to a vocal cord. A camera lowered down his throat discovered the problem, which has left Teixeria with a cough for the better part of two months.
He will receive medication to treat the ailment and will not miss any time, as evident by him starting again tonight.
Teixeira said the problem could take up to another year to clear up completely, but he now has peace of mind knowing the root of his ongoing problem.
• So it appears the soreness Brett Gardner experienced yesterday was, in fact, of concern to the Yankees. Gardner was expected to play in a rehab game today. Instead, he only took batting practice.
Joe Girardi said the club was pleased Gardner felt better today and that he will play a rehab game in Charleston tomorrow. (The forecast in Tampa calls for rain.)
“He felt very good today,” Girardi said.
“It’s a little concerning, but the fact that he felt better today makes me feel good,” he added. “He didn’t play much in the last month and a half, so I wasn’t sure how his arm would feel.”
Here’s the Girardi audio…
• David Robertson threw 25 pitches during batting practice today under the watch of Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild. He felt fine, but the club will wait until tomorrow before determining its next step. Girardi said Robertson will either pitch in a rehab game this weekend, as expected, or throw another BP session if need be. That decision will come “probably tomorrow.”
• Ah, the virtues of Twitter. Unbeknownst to Girardi, Joba Chamberlain tweeted today that he will throw a bullpen session tomorrow.
“We’ll have to see how he did,” said Girardi of checking Joba’s Twitter feed.
• As I reported in the lineup post, Freddy Garcia’s grandfather passed away in Venezuela. He’s headed down there and has been placed on the bereavement list. The club promoted Ryota Igarashi, who might pitch against his old team this weekend.
The Yankees said Igarashi will be activated tonight. They were unsure if he would arrive in time for first pitch.