When the lineup for Friday night's New York Yankees game was posted first baseman Mark Teixeira's name was still not on it. It will be the tenth game that Teixeira has missed since injuring his calf on August 27 in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Teixeira took fielding and batting practice earlier in the day and he apparently everything went well. With that said one would expect that Teixeira would be in the lineup against the Baltimore Orioles, but manager Joe Girardi held him out.
I hate to be the one to wake Girardi out of his slumber, but these games against the Orioles are huge. Your team is tied atop the American League East with these Orioles, Joe. You no longer have a ten game cushion where you can hold players back a bit and play on the safe side. You need to win these games so that you can keep control of your own destiny.
Did Girardi snooze through Thursday night's devastating 10-6 loss where David Phelps and David Robertson pitched home run derby? Granted Teixeira can't pitch, but this team could use any spark of life right now. Instead we as fans are stuck with Steve Pearce at first base, a 29-year-old with 12 career home runs. Teixeira would allow everyone else to return to their normal place in the lineup, a lineup that was tearing up the American League earlier this year. Pearce needs to be put down at the bottom of the lineup because he offers no protection for the big guns in the lineup.
The Yankees have played five months of solid baseball. That can all slip away if things go wrong in September. The Yankees need not look any further back than 2011 at the Boston Red Sox. It is a perfect example of what one bad month can do to a team. If Teixeira says he is fine to play Girardi should trust the veteran and let him on the field. The time to baby player's injuries is over because this is September and nobody is 100 percent. Girardi needs to put Teixeira back on the field and give the Yankees their best chance of winning the division. If not Yankee fans may not see any postseason baseball at the stadium this year.
Darren Pare is a third generation Yankees fan. The unique thing is that he lives in the middle of Red Sox nation, Maine, and has for all his life and that gives him a different perspective. You can follow him on Twitter @dpare71 or on Facebook.
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