Mark Teixeira is a career .125 hitter against James Shields. He’s had 48 at-bats against him and has yet to drive in a run or get an extra base hit. Last week, Joe Girardi told Teixeira to pick a day off — because of this stretch of games, and because of the four games in three days coming up — and this day seemed to make sense.
Frankly, Teixeira is looking forward to an even longer rest.
“This first half of the season has been pretty tough, just haven’t really felt myself with the physical things going on,” Teixeira said. “But, the good thing is the all-star break’s coming up and we’ll have four days to kind of recharge the batteries. Hopefully the second half of the season will be much better healthwise.”
Teixeira became a pretty productive hitter again in May, but he slipped again in June. Although he’s not coughing nearly as much, and his voice sounds much better, Teixeira said he’s still feeling the effects of that early season virus and its aftermath.
“The doctor, unfortunately, said it could take up to a year, but (it feels) a lot better,” Teixeira said. “Once we figured out what it was, a lot better. … I’ve been really happy with, once we figured out what it was, the treatment that I’ve gotten. It’s really good to know mentally that there’s nothing else going on. When you have multiple doctors that can’t figure it out, you start worrying, but once we figured it out it put my mind at ease and it started feeling better.”
• Pedro Feliciano threw a bullpen today. Girardi said, based on what he saw, he thinks there’s a legitimate chance Feliciano will pitch for the Yankees late this season. “His ball was moving all over the place,” Girardi said. “e had good sink to it, he threw a few sliders and threw some change ups that really dove. It was good to see. He’s encouraged and I’m encouraged.”
• Feliciano has been throwing a bullpen every three days, but Girardi said the Yankees plan to bump up the schedule to every other day. “He had such a serious injury, we weren’t sure (in spring training) what was going to happen,” Girardi said. “If we thought he was done, we wouldn’t have brought him to spring training.”
• Girardi wasn’t sure exactly when, but it seems that CC Sabathia will throw a bullpen in the next few days, probably some time over the weekend, possibly as early as Friday. The Yankees remain optimistic that he’ll be ready to rejoin the rotation immediately after the all-star break.
• Ivan Nova gets the start today. He hasn’t taken a loss since May 19. “I think he’s pitched in more effectively, which opens the outer half for him,” Girardi said. “Guys can’t just look at one side of the plate. And I think his breaking ball has been more consistent; both of them. Some days he’s had one, but a lot of days he’s had both.”
• No update on David Aardsma, who went through additional tests on his elbow. “I saw him today and I asked him,” Girardi said. “He hadn’t gotten the results yet.”
• Girardi was happy with what he saw out of Chad Qualls yesterday. “He’s got a power sinker, there’s no doubt about it,” Girardi said. “For him, it’s probably getting him some consistent work and getting him back on track.”
• Sabathia is on this trip. Andy Pettitte is not. “Really there’s nothing he can do right now,” Girardi said. “They’ve got the bone stimulator thing. He plays catch in a chair to try to keep his arm strong. There’s no running.”
• For those of you who follow this sort of thing, the Yankees have signed two of Baseball America’s top five available international free agents. They spent a little more than $2 million in bonus money for both of them combined.
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