BALTIMORE -- The hacking cough that has given Mark Teixeira fits for the last month hasn't been enough to knock him out of the lineup, but it certainly isn't helping his production at the plate.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he has entertained the idea of giving Teixeira more rest as the first baseman tries to shake a nagging bronchial issue, but thus far, the Yankees are hoping that Teixeira's condition -- and stats -- will improve without the switch-hitting slugger missing any time.
"He has not been healthy for a while here," Girardi said. "He's had a cough for a month, and he's continued to play through it. Sometimes it's really, really bad.
"We've talked about a DH day here or giving him a day off, but he said he physically feels all right to play. It's just when he starts coughing, it's kind of hard to stop. It takes a little bit of time. Hopefully, it's going away and we can get through it."
Teixeira saw a specialist last week in New York, but that alone didn't turn around a 5-for-22 homestand that saw Teixeira batting .223 with four homers and 17 RBIs as the team departed for Baltimore.
Girardi said that he might give Teixeira one day off on the Yankees' current trip to Baltimore and Toronto, but his faith in Teixeira as a perennial 30-homer, 100-RBI threat has not been shaken.
"I think it's too early," Girardi said. "We've seen these slow starts from Mark; most years, we've talked about this. I think he's swung the bat a little bit better. I hope it continues and he gets back to full strength."