Mark Teixeira showed no ill effects from his first start after three games of rest for his bronchial condition, and he was back in the starting lineup for the second game in a row against the Royals Tuesday night.
“I assumed — and maybe that’s not the best thing to always do — that he was OK,” manager Joe Girardi said of the first baseman. “I didn’t get a heads-up from the trainer, from the doctor or him, so I just put him right back in there.”
For the most part, Teixeira has fought to play through his illness all season until Girardi decided to rest him on the advice of team doctors. On Monday, Teixeira admitted his physical condition has contributed to the .227 average he took into Tuesday night's game. With that as prelude, hitting coach Kevin Long acknowledged Teixeira’s condition has interfered with his work. “There’s times where we can’t work and we can’t do the things we need to do because he’s coughing and it’s [the strain of the work] detrimental to his health,” Long said. “So, yeah, it’s affected his workload.”