Mark Teixeira has pretty much been sick all season long, reportedly first feeling symptoms the night before the season started, yet he’s still played in 37 of the Yankees first 38 games. For a guy who has a serious cough that hasn’t gone away in a month and a half, he has refused to take a day off explaining that the illness has not held him back.
Teixeira can say whatever he wants, but after 155 plate appearances his line is pathetic: .234/.290/.397/.687. Maybe it’s time to take a day off, but he’s still resisting.
“If you could guarantee me that (taking a day off) would make me feel better, I’d love that guarantee,” Teixeira told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “I just don’t know if it’s going to help, so we’ll see. I’ll probably talk to Joe a little bit and we’ll see if maybe it makes sense. I want to be out there for my team. I’ve been swinging the bat good the last few days, which is good. You never want get out of the lineup if you’re swinging it good, and defensively, I can always contribute. You never know if it’s going to help or not.”
The thing is, Teixeira hasn’t been playing terribly lately. Over his six games entering Thursday night’s start he was hitting a robust .348/.400/.565/.965. Then again, he looked horrible Thursday night going 0-for-4 and leaving five runners on base.
It’s hard to say if a day off, or two, will really do anything for Teixeira. They might as well rest him a day or two though because it really can’t hurt. Eric Chavez is also healthy and who knows when the next time he gets hurt will be. So resting Teixeira now makes sense.