Before Wednesday night’s game, Mark Teixeira went in for a doctor’s examination to deal with a cold that he has had since the day before the season started. The doctor said he has a severely inflamed airway, but that he has been put on medication and expects it to be cleared up within the next week or two.
“(The medicine) hasn’t helped, but you fight through things,” Teixeira told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “Everyone’s fighting through something in here they just don’t tell you. That’s the way baseball is.”
Teixeira said that the cough has affected his breathing a bit which has kept him from working out as much.
I took a look at Teixeira’s splits and it does seem to be affecting his stamina. His best innings are the 1st and 6th where he has a .919 and .938 respectively and he his worst innings are the 7th, 8th, and 9th where he is just 5-for-32 on the season. That might just be coincidence though as Teixeira is always a bit of a slow starter and the sample sizes are small enough that the numbers might not mean anything.
Hopefully he gets better soon though, ball players are much better when they are at 100 percent and he’s really dragging the lineup down. A DL-stint might even be ideal, but the Yankees don’t have a solid backup for him that can play everyday.