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Mark Teixeira relieved after specialist diagnoses cough

Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees

Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. (May 6, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

The diagnosis of a cough that had gotten so bad even an umpire noticed gave Mark Teixeira a sigh of relief Wednesday.

The first baseman has been plagued by a hacking cough for nearly a month, picking it up, he said, around the time of the Yankees’ Welcome Home Dinner April 12.

Teixeira, after taking “everything you can imagine” to rid himself of it since then relented Wednesday and saw a chest specialist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

The specialist said Teixeira, who had blood drawn and underwent a battery of tests, including a CT scan, was suffering from “severe inflammation” in his bronchial airways. Teixeira said the doctor prescribed prednisone, a non-anabolic steroid, and told him she expected that would knock out the inflammation in a week to 10 days. “I’m 100 percent healthy other than the inflammation,” Teixeira said.

Which came as a relief. “You can’t have a cough for a month without being worried,” he said of getting a worse diagnosis.

The cough sounded so bad during Tuesday night’s game that first base umpire Jim Reynolds noticed. “He was like, ‘Dude are you all right? Do I need to stop the game?’” Teixeira said Wednesday.

Chavez tested

INF Eric Chavez, on the seven-day DL with a concussion, was tested Wednesday, with the results sent to MLB, which will decide whether Chavez should be cleared to play. He said he feels “100 percent healthy,” but also said one part of the test, which is done on the computer and involves a good deal of memorization, was “questionable.” He said the test “is a lot of memorization and I’m not very good at that anyway.”

One more for Brett?

Joe Girardi said OF Brett Gardner, who went 2-for-3 in his first rehab start Tuesday night, would play again last night for Scranton. “We’ll make a decision after tonight but it shouldn’t be too much longer,” Girardi said.


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