NEW YORK -- With the Yankees down three runs in the ninth inning of Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Reds, Yankees manager Joe Girardi inserted Mark Teixeira into the lineup to pinch-hit.
The first baseman scorched Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman's pitch down the third-base line and made it to first on third baseman Wilson Valdez's throwing error. For the past several weeks, Teixeira has been battling severely inflamed bronchial airways, and Girardi wanted to be cautious with Teixeira for the final two games of this weekend's series with the Reds.
"He's been a big hitter for us since he's been here," Girardi said. "I talked to him and made sure he felt all right. I tried to give him plenty of time to get loose. The hope was him running wouldn't bring about the cough. That's why I pinch-ran for him. If we could go a couple days without him coughing, maybe it'll end."
Girardi said he wants to get Teixeira back in the lineup on Monday against Kansas City, barring any further negative developments. Teixeira said although he's not 100 percent, the days off on Saturday and Sunday improved his condition.
"I think at this point we know we have to deal with it for a little while," Teixeira said. "The days off definitely helped, and we'll see how it goes tomorrow. I'll have to play through a little discomfort."