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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Teixeira gets second day off

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is out of the lineup for the second straight day as he battles bronchitis. The slugger might also miss Sunday's series finale against Cincinnati, according to manager Joe Girardi.

"I talked to Tex yesterday and I said, 'Ya know, Tex, we tried to give you a day off. You've had a day off because of a scheduled day off and you haven't gotten better. I'm going to give you another day and I might give you Sunday and see if we can knock this bronchial problem out,'" Girardi said. "Because physically it has to wear on him and mentally has to wear on him, and I'm just trying something different to get rid of it."

The bronchitis, which Teixeira has been dealing with for more than a month, has zapped him of his power and energy and left him with a bad cough. He said it kicks in when he starts physical activity, as it becomes tough to breathe and he starts coughing.

Teixeira had been taking medicine, but found that it did not work. He has continued to see doctors and specialists and there isn't a definitive answer of when he'll get better or how much longer it is going to take.

"We've tried everything," Teixeira said. "That's why rest is the last effort here. I've taken more medicine than I liked to, so I think we're kind of done with that option. Rest is the final straw."

The first baseman finally had a night off to rest in Friday's 4-0 win. Though Teixeira originally didn't want to be out of the lineup, Girardi made the decision to rest the slugger, who had played in 37 of the team's first 38 games entering Friday.

Teixeira watched Friday's game from the bench, and Girardi said he has not sent him home because the team could need him in an emergency situation. Teixeira said he has not swung the bat over the last two days but could be available to pinch-hit if needed.

Nick Swisher started at first base Friday night and will be there again Saturday, although Girardi said that Eric Chavez could step in at first.

"It's not easy but you have to sometimes take care of yourself and try to get better," Teixeira said of sitting out. "It's a long season and I want to make sure I'm good for the long run."

Teixeira said he's not worried about the bronchitis because all the tests have come back OK. If the rest doesn't do the trick, he's just going to handle it the same way he has over the past month. Teixeira is hitting .228 with five homers and 20 RBIs.

"Then we'll adapt," Teixeira said. "That's the issue. Been fighting it for over a month so I'll be able to do it again."