If that bronchial infection isn't going away and Tex continues to struggle, there is no point in keeping him out there. This is a long season and it's better off for both sides if Tex sits and recovers from his ailment.
Clearly, he's important to this team on both sides of the ball, but if Tex and the Bombers don't take care of this now, it could ruin their first baseman's entire season. And if that happens, it doesn't help anyone, the Yanks included.
Girardi has always been a cautious manager when it comes to injuries and if this was still a problem, I'm sure the Yanks' manager would make the right move.
Work With Kevin Long
All the speculation about the possible firing of Yankees' hitting coach, Kevin Long, is premature at best. Long has done a great job with some of the Yanks' struggling bats over the past few years.
In fact, Curtis Granderson attributes his career-best success as a member of the Yankees to working with Long.
Maybe it's time for Tex change his approach with the help of Long.
One thing Long has done is help hitters by steadying their bat in their stance. I've noticed Tex has yet to take that approach and it's a potential step in the right direction for him.
I don't tend to be a hitting expert and even in my Little League days, I was more of a defensive asset to a team.
However, it's clear for anyone to see that Tex has problems and something has got to change. No matter how much success any player has had in their career, adjustments can always be made to improve.
Tex certainly fits into that description.