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Pregame notes: Throat mystery solved for Tex

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Misc on Jun 07, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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…

Joe Girardi:

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• 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.





16 Responses to “Pregame notes: Throat mystery solved for Tex”

  1. mick June 7th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Maybe Gardner has nerve damage.
    Sounds like trying to find a short in your cars electrical system.

  2. Nick in SF June 7th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    “The Yankee first baseman saw a specialist today at Columbia Presbyterian who discovered that Teixeira had suffered nerve damage to a vocal cord.”

    Maybe less time on SportsYapper for Tex??????????? ???

  3. UnKnown June 7th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I really enjoy the audio clips Josh. I wish there would always be audio clips on the blog whenever it was possible.

  4. mick June 7th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Tex should stick to tweeting.

  5. Trigeminal Neuralgia Yank June 7th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Took two months to stick a camera in a 100 million$ mouth?!

    LOVE the audio, wished it worked on iPhone :(

  6. Gish June 7th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    PEACE of mind. Tex is not a zombie.

  7. UnKnown June 7th, 2012 at 6:32 pm


    Suprisingly a good piece from ESPN. View point on strengths and weaknesses of the East.

    Yes Costas is doing the game again tonight for MLB. I love that.

  8. MG June 7th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    It must be sympathy rain in the Bronx, it has been pouring in the Tampa area most of the past two days…

  9. UnKnown June 7th, 2012 at 6:42 pm


    Video interview of Ty Hensley right after he was drafted on Monday.

    Also MLB The Show ’12 simulated the game tonight and in it ARod goes yard with the Yanks winning 8 to 7.

  10. Gish June 7th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    You’re welcome, Josh

  11. UnKnown June 7th, 2012 at 6:55 pm


    Double Rainbow over the Stadium either means Yankees will be in first at the end of tonight, or something huge is going to happen that will make the history books.

    Of course both could also be a possibility.

  12. UnKnown June 7th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Warm up the Saxophone on YES this one is going to start in a rain delay.

  13. choochoo June 7th, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Good time for the Tampa braintrust to teach Gardner how to slide feet first.

  14. mick June 7th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    7:30 start

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 8th, 2012 at 8:08 pm


  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 8th, 2012 at 8:10 pm


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