Mark Teixeira should be feeling better soon as his coughing spells have been linked to nerve damage to his vocal cords. He will begin taking medication to reduce the swelling. (Image: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE)

Yankees News: Teixeira's cough, Robertson tosses BP and Gardner better

In New York Yankees news off the field, we learned that Mark Teixeira finally received a diagnosis and plan to quell his persistent cough. Teixeira has been plagued by a terrible cough since mid-April which at times was depleting his energy.

Teixeira has seen many doctors and had been placed on several medications and nothing was working. Finally, after seeing yet another specialist, he was told that he had nerve damage to his vocal cords which was causing the continued cough. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, the doctor has prescribed new medicine to reduce the swelling of the nerve and prevent further coughing spells. The doctor also prescribed rest, which Tex scoffed at. It could take up to a full year before the vocal cords are healed.

ROBERTSON TOSSES 25-PITCH BATTING PRACTICE SESSION

David Robertson is gearing up for a rehab assignment after he came out of a 25-pitch batting practice session prior to yesterday’s game at Yankee Stadium. Manager Joe Girardi said that a decision will be made today as to whether he heads out to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre or throws one more batting practice session.

GARDNER NOT AS SORE

Two days after Brett Gardner had five at-bats in an extended spring training game, he is feeling less sore than the day before. Gardner reported feeling sore Wednesday, but much better yesterday. So much so, that he was able to take batting practice yesterday. This is obviously a good sign and Girardi thinks Gardner can take part in a rehab game in Single-A Charleston soon.

GARCIA ON BEREAVEMENT LIST

Former New York Mets reliever Ryota Igarashi has been called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take the roster spot of Freddy Garcia, as Garcia was placed on the bereavement list following the death of his grandfather in Venezuela. Garcia is expected to be away from the team for several days.

NOTEWORTHY
  • The Yankees are now 10-for-62 (.161) in bases loaded situations this season.
  • The Bombers struck out a season high 13 times in Thursday’s game.
  • Russell Martin is now 10-for-28 with three doubles, two homers and seven RBI over his last nine games.

Tags: Brett Gardner David Robertson Freddy Garcia Joe Girardi Mark Teixeira New York Yankees Russell Martin Ryota Igarashi Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees

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