Mark Teixeira got sick the night before the regular season started and has been dealing with it ever since. He had a big night on Monday, going 2-for-4 with a homer that put the Yankees over the top, but it seemed like throughout the game whenever he was shown on TV he was in the middle of a coughing fit.
He is clearly not over whatever has been bothering him, Teixeira thinks he can still be productive though.
“You’re always playing through something,” Teixeira told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “So if you took a day off every time you didn’t feel right, you’d be taking a lot of days off. I’m trying to grind through it, because I know I can always help the team defensively, I can always put together a good at-bat, draw a walk, get a big hit. The numbers are not very good right now, but I’m still trying to help the team win every night.”
Teixeira had his customary bad April, hitting .244/.290/.395/.686 during the month, but has only gotten worse since the calendar turned to May. Entering Monday night’s game he had a pathetic .182/.245/.318/.563 line through 12 games.
It’s great to hear that Teixeira thinks he can play through this, but he’s not doing the Yankees any favors. For every big hit he’s had lately, he kills probably 10 rallies.