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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.

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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