The around and about

arod_250_030409.jpgBy 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.”

‘Nuff said.

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. 

The lineup:
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.

9 Comments

A question – if the hip was bothering A-Rod and they found the cyst on Sunday, why did he play for the Dominican Republic yesterday? It doesn’t make sense.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Jose Molina playing CF!?!?!

(faints– hits head hard on tile floor)

Did A-Roid really say thay he wished Reyes played for the Yankees or did he say it would be great to have him lead off? There IS a difference.

Since I actually have cysts on both of my wrists, the reason A-ROD could play is simple, they do not always hurt. Sometimes they feel fine, and other times they hurt like hell. My cysts do not stop me from writing, typing on a computer, playing sports, etc…

Wow Rowdyholly, calm the hell down. What are the reporters supposed to cover? A-Rod is news day in and day out. This is a guy who just can’t stay out of the damn news. It’s always something else with this guy. Would you like to hear a report on why Robinson Cano is gonna bounce back? Or how about the economics of baseball? Maybe a report on how losers like you stay at home all day and have to defend their Yankees because it hurts their feelings when someone is critical.

I’m a Yankees fan and I don’t mind it. A-Rod puts himself in the news, not the other way around.

A-Rod just keep your mouth closed and play baseball!

Actually, I’d rather hear a report about how Robbie Cano’s gonna bounce back than negative stuff. Seriously, this new A-Rod thing’s ridiculous. This is truly unfair. A-Rod did nothing wrong, and at the very least nothing intentionally wrong, obviously. All he did was compliment Reyes. I actually have a small problem with Jeet saying no comment. He should have said, “Listen, he was just complimenting Reyes and it came out wrong. Lay off him.” But no comment? That’s tantamount to saying he has a problem with it, which he shouldn’t. Stop nitpicking A-Rod!

Would you expect any other comment from Jeter haha?
With A-Rod…”I wish he was leading off on our team, playing on our team.” Again, I’m sure it was all said to compliment Reyes, but in the process it looks like a slight at Jeter. Reyes obviously would be playing short on the Yankees.
It’s not about nitpicking anymore, it’s just it doesn’t stop with this guy….it’s always something. I just don’t think he’s that smart when it comes down to it.

I really think the statement has been blown way out of proportion. It was a compliment to his DR teammate Reyes. It was not meant to criticize anyone on the Yankees. Jeter understands that, which is why he decided it best not to comment. Jeter knows the press is always trying to drive a wedge between him and A-Rod, even though it is clear he and A-Rod are getting along fine. If I were A-Rod, I would not talk to the press at all. It would anger the press, but they already don’t like him so what the hell.

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