• Today was the first day of real baseball activities. He had been swinging a broomstick in Colorado but not throwing or taking grounders. He said he felt good.
• He guessed that it would be 7-10 days before he was ready for a game.
• Pat Roessler, the team’s minor-league field coordinator, hit him soft grounders and Alex flipped the ball to a clubbie a few feet away. A-Rod took a bunch of swings off a tee but they were easy swings, all going the other way. Obviously he was just getting his feet wet on the first day. He was on the field for about 45 minutes,
Gene Monahan was there watching every move.
• Alex said that the time he spent in Colorado have him time to think that he has recommitted himself to baseball and the Yankees and plans to have “tunnel vision.” I’m sure the Yankees will be thrilled to hear the highest-paid player in baseball wasn’t fully committed to baseball before. But at least Alex is admitting his mistakes.
“Not only was I able to fix myself, I was able to rethink things and reorganize my thoughts, kind of put your arms around where you want to be and where you want to go,” Rodriguez said. “It’s all about our team, and everything else is on the back burner.”
• Alex said that his hip had been bothering him since last June and that he can tell something got fixed. He said the full surgery was scheduled before the they changed paths and chose the hybrid, two-surgery approach.
I need to get to St. Pete for the game. But I’ll have some A-Rod audio up later on.