Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Yankees can breathe easier on Tex, Ace

The New York Yankees can breathe a sigh of relief now that they know Mark Teixeira is going to be fine despite getting plunked on the elbow. Tex was in visible pain after getting hit by a pitch, but insists that he will be fine after a few days.

The latest medical report is that he is bruised and sore, but nothing worse than that. Tex should be ready to play on Thursday, according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi. And Alfredo Aceves, suffering from a sore back, should also be OK in a few days.

"It's good news," Girardi said.

The last thing the Yankees or any baseball team wants to see the final week of spring training is one of their big players get hurt. Even though Nick Johnson can fill in at first, losing Tex would have been a major blow, creating a huge hole in the middle of the lineup. Case in point: Marcus Thames batted third tonight between Johnson and Alex Rodriguez. Plus, Johnson is not nearly as good a defensive player as Tex and the more he plays in the field, the more you risk him getting hurt.

But it's all moot, according to the Yanks, unless they are just telling us what we want to hear.

Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.

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