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Respiratory ills again sideline Girardi

Respiratory ills again sideline Girardi

NEW YORK -- Battling an upper respiratory infection, Joe Girardi's health left him as a game-time decision on Saturday. Twenty minutes before first pitch, the decision was negative.

Girardi allowed bench coach Rob Thomson to continue pinch-hitting for at least one more game, sending the longtime organizational man to the dugout in his place.

Thomson filled in for Girardi during Friday's 13-4 loss to Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium, leaving Girardi quarantined in his office amidst an array of throat lozenges, medication and an inviting leather couch upon which the manager slept.

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Thomson said he ran up the tunnel a few times to check on game decisions with Girardi, who was watching on television. Girardi and Thomson agreed to insert left-hander Billy Traber in the seventh inning and allowing reserves Shelley Duncan, Wilson Betemit and Morgan Ensberg to log at-bats late in the game.

"I ran up a couple of times because there were a couple of things I wanted to run by him, but we were both on the same page," Thomson said.

Thomson's previous managerial experience was in Class A Rookie ball in 1995 with the Oneonta Yankees. He also managed a season in the Australian Winter League with the Canberra club in Australia's capital, though he had to leave before the season ended because his wife was having a baby.

Though the Yankees were hit hard in the defeat, Thomson said he had not heard any feedback regarding his big league managerial debut.

"Not really, which I guess is good," Thomson said. "I guess if there was feedback, it'd be negative."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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