Tuesday, August 25, 2015


We all remember the Wally Pipp, Lou Gehrig story and over the years, every once in a while Pipp's name comes up.  He was the Yankees first baseman until Lou Gehrig replaced him in the starting lineup because, according to the story, Pipp had a headache. 

Gehrig went on to become the Iron Horse, playing 2130 consecutive games, and Pipp ended his career in Cincinnati.

Mark Teixeira is no Wally Pipp and Greg Bird is no Lou Gehrig... at least, it's too early to say. In fact, Tex is feeling stronger and will be back soon.  According to YESNetwork.com's Lou DiPietro, Tex is close:

"New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira went through full drills on the field Monday, and while he himself admitted he's not quite ready to return to the lineup, he's getting close.

'It's getting there. Not quite where I want to be just yet, but getting there,' Teixeira said after Monday's workout. 'Hitting was a lot better today and fielding ground balls was a lot better, but running was still a little bit of a struggle. Hopefully that just comes back quick.'

Teixeira has now missed a full week with a bone bruise in his right leg, an injury that came when he fouled a ball off his leg last Monday night against Minnesota..."

Timetable? How about "soon".  This is a bone bruise so it's just a matter or healing enough so he can get back in the lineup.

On a personal note, I like what I'm seeing from Tex this season.  I never expected it, but he's been terrific.  Get well soon Mark.

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