Tex on BP breakdown: 'That's it?'

March, 5, 2014
Mar 5
TAMPA, Fla. -- Mark Teixeira looked and sounded agitated that he got to see only five pitches Wednesday in his second live batting practice session of the spring.

"That's it?" an incredulous Teixeira said from the Steinbrenner Field batter's box after pitching coach Larry Rothschild called out that reliever David Herndon had thrown his allotment of tosses.

Teixeira has been trying to get his work in all week, but there have been organization snafus. Since he is scheduled to play in his first exhibition game Thursday, Teixeira thought he would be taking live batting practice Monday and Tuesday. He took limited live BP on Monday, but on Tuesday the Yankees, with 34 pitchers in camp, had no one to throw to him.

On Tuesday, manager Joe Girardi was displeased.

"Believe it or not, we don't have someone," Girardi said Tuesday. "I'm extremely disappointed because we didn't have one. I told Larry I didn't know if I could go on with my day. Confused."

Teixeira understandably wanted to practice against as close to game action as possible and thought that would at least happen Wednesday. Instead, he saw only five pitches, making contact with three balls (a foul ball, a groundout and a ground single) before Rothschild said the session was completed.

Later in the morning, Teixeira took regular batting practice with Willie Randolph throwing from about 40 feet. Live batting practice is against active pitchers, while regular BP is when coaches or guest instructors throw.

Afterward, Teixeira didn't sound thrilled, but tried to prevent it from becoming a big deal. He said he felt he would still be prepared to play Thursday.

"I thought I was going to get a lot more work the last few days," Teixeira said. "But I just do what I am told."

A year ago today, Teixeira hurt his wrist. We will have more on him and his possible legacy on the site later today.

THE LINEUP: Here is your New York Yankees lineup in Port Charlotte.

Brett Gardner, LF
Eduardo Nunez, 2B
Ichiro Suzuki, CF
Russ Canzler, 1B
Kelly Johnson, 3B
Yangervis Solarte, SS
Austin Romine, C
Zoilo Almonte, RF

Adam Warren, P

BETTER LUCK IN CLEARWATER: If you have a ticket to watch the Yankees against the Phillies on Thursday, you will get your money's worth -- if it doesn't rain. Not only is Masahiro Tanaka starting, but Derek Jeter, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Alfonso Soriano, Gardner and Brian Roberts will be in town. The only hiccup is that there is a 60 percent chance of rain.

As for Soriano, he said he's feeling better, and he will join Teixeira in making a spring debut on Thursday.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »



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Jacoby Ellsbury
.274 10 53 57
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIM. Teixeira 53
RB. Gardner 76
OPSB. Gardner .792
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135