“You don’t play, you don’t miss making outs,” Teixeira said. “You don’t miss being the goat. You don’t miss losing four or five games in a row. But you miss hitting that big home run. You miss the energy in the dugout when you get back and the energy in the clubhouse when you get back.”
But Teixeira is experiencing that again. His homers have gone a long way in helping the Yankees win the last two games, his fourth and fifth games back from the DL.
In the 7-4 win over the Indians Monday night, he delivered a grand slam while hitting lefty. Then in Tuesday night’s 4-3 win, he cracked a three-run shot while hitting righty, and that provided to be the difference. He’s taking the power show as a positive in relation to his recovery from the partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist suffered in early March.
“Seeing the power is important for me because I want to commit to my swing,” Teixeira said. “The first couple of games back, you’re kind of feeling for it. You don’t want to let it go and then (have to say), ‘Oh, that one hurt.’ But I haven’t had that yet. So just committing to the swing and hitting a home run left-handed and right-handed just kind of shows, ‘OK, just let it go.’ That’s what I’ve always done. I’ve never tried to just punch it to the opposite field or anything. So it’s definitely a good sign for the wrist.”
The Yankees have missed his kind of production and are glad to have it back.
“I think it’s kind of unfair to ask a guy that’s been down two months, didn’t have a normal spring training, to come in and be where other guys are at,” Joe Girardi said. “And you’ve got to remember, pitchers are further along now, too, than they were April 1 when they started. But it’s great to see him productive, productive from both sides.”
Here’s a link to my story today about the work of Teixeira and David Phelps in the latest victory as well as the reported coming suspension of Alex Rodriguez. There’s also a video link at the top of the article that I shot and edited of Girardi talking about Andy Pettitte and his desire not to cut back his between-starts work. And here’s a link to my story about the mostly wonderful work of the Yankees’ bullpen so far. I’ll be back later this morning with the lineup for today’s series finale.
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