Monday, October 27, 2014

Teixeira to Lift More Weights This Offseason After Finding That Upper Body Strength is "Off-the-Charts Low"

Yankees' First Baseman Mark Teixeira may have finally found out what caused his hitting struggles this season.

In an interview he gave with ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" earlier this week, Teixeira said that he charted his upper body strength Tuesday, with the results not exactly being positive. Teixeira, 34, is coming off the worst offensive campaign of his career this year, batting just .216 with 23 home runs and 62 RBI.

"I was almost off-the-charts low on upper-body strength," he said, via The Star Ledger's Brendan Kuty.

Teixeira said that he will attempt to get bigger with weight-lifting this offseason as a way to prepare himself for 2015, which begins for the Yankees on April 6. 

"I understood that I need to get stronger," he said. "I didn't realize how weak I was upper-body. I'm going to be working the weights a lot harder. That will be my adjustment for this year."

Doing that certainly can't hurt anything, although Teixeira just staying healthy next season would also be a big help. This year, as Kuty points out, Teixeira missed time with exactly six different injuries, varying from his signature wrist wound to leg issues such as a sore knee.

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