We just got done speaking to Joe Girardi and I’ll post the audio in a bit. There were 29 minutes of A-Rod questions. In summation: It be what it be and they’ll do their best to deal with it. Joe thinks he will still have a good season.
Get this: Alex has yet to apologize to his manager.
As to baseball …
Jorge Posada is doing well but won’t catch games until mid-March. He’ll DH until then. The Yankees hope he can catch 100-110 games and he might get some extra time in April depending on his shoulder.
There is less concern for Mariano Rivera. He’ll need only 8-10 innings in the spring to get ready.
With spring training a little longer this year and given what happened with all the injuries last year, they’re going to cut back on all the running they did last season.
They expect either Melky Cabrera or Brett Gardner to play CF. “But a lot can change in Yankeeland,” Girardi said. Johnny Damon returning to center is Plan C at this point.
If the season started today, Xavier Nady is probably in right. But Nick Swisher will get a shot. “We have seven weeks to decide that,” Girardi said.
Hideki Matsui had his knees checked out today and they are fine.
Girardi was very candid in his session, even agreeing that he would not be the manager in 2010 unless the Yankees returned to the playoffs. “I don’t think about that, but you’re probably right,” he said.
UPDATE, 5:20 p.m.: Here is the Girardi audio from this afternoon. These are all the A-Rod questions.