The around and about
By Jon Lane
A few takes on the latest happenings around the Yankees.
Alex Rodriguez is in the news – again. A-Rod could be held out of the World Baseball Classic because of a cyst on his right hip, which is something Joe Girardi said today bothered the third baseman last year. Rodriguez will be examined by Dr. Marc Phillipon in Vail, Colo., today.
In light of this, I don’t see A-Rod representing the Dominican Republic. A cyst is easily treatable, but love him or not Rodriguez is extremely important to the Yankees’ chances in 2009. Forget about his history with PEDs; that’s not what I’m talking about. Can you honestly say the Yankees are better off without the numbers A-Rod puts up year after year?
What you can’t ignore is A-Rod’s penchant for putting his size 12 square into his mouth. He told reporters on Tuesday he wished Jose Reyes played for the Yankees. Does it ever stop?
Jeter was with the Yankees this morning and told reporters: “I’ve got nothing to say, man.”
Speaking of the Captain, we here on The YES Blog love pushing your buttons! Steven Goldman was being realistic that Father Time eventually catches up with everyone. Joe Auriemma spoke from the heart and of Jeter’s true value to a ballclub.
May these two, and fans with dissenting opinions, duke it out in a 15-foot high steel cage. I choose not to worry about this until I have to: at the end of the 2010 season. This is like wondering what would happen if Jeter got hurt and Cody Ransom had to play shortstop every day. Why concern yourself with hypotheticals?
Glenn Giangrande writes the Yankees should consider trading Hideki Matsui. When Matsui is healthy he can hit with power and produce in the clutch, but since he’s limited to being a designated hitter, it creates a logjam. Guys like Johnny Damon and Jorge Posada will need at least half-days off, which means Matsui wouldn’t play. If the Yankees can find a taker for someone willing to push the envelope and test Matsui, in the final year of a four-year, $52 million contract, in the outfield, more power to them. That won’t be easy.
The Yankees will return to Grapefruit League action today, traveling to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to meet the Atlanta Braves at 1:05 p.m. Ian Kennedy makes his second spring start against Kenshin Kawakami. Among the players in the Yankees’ lineup will be Johnny Damon, Gardner and Xavier Nady.
Johnny Damon LF
Brett Gardner CF
Xavier Nady RF
Juan Miranda 1B
Angel Berroa 2B
Jose Molina C
Kevin Russo 3B
Ramiro Pena SS
UPDATE: The Yankees lost, 3-2, to the Braves to fall to 2-4-1 on
the Grapefruit season. Damon went 1-for-2 with an RBI triple to deep right-center while Dan
Giese, in relief of Kennedy, added a base hit of his own. Kennedy,
however, struggled in his second spring start, allowing two runs and
three hits in three innings. Giese was also touched for a run on two
hits in three frames.