Now don’t panic, but Alex Rodriguez is DH’ing today because he has a sore right shoulder.
“I can swing fine,” he just said in the clubhouse. “It’s a little sore when I throw.”
A-Rod said he felt it yesterday and decided to be cautious. “If it was the regular season, I’d be playing third base,” he said.
Most position players have “dead arm” periods in the spring because they do a lot more throwing than they do during the winter.