A reflective Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees last night and homered in his first at-bat to help deliver a 4-0 victory.
CC Sabathia and rookie Francisco Cervelli teamed up for a commanding performance. This notebook also has an update on Ian Kennedy, some roster moves and an unusual play for Nick Swisher.
Yanks-Orioles again tonight. Phil Hughes will be on the mound. Check back later for the lineup.
With Jorge Posada and Xavier Nady out and Mark Teixeira having lost the ability to hit (temporarily, one would assume), the Yankees obviously need A-Rod back in the lineup and he delivered last night. It was a Hollywood moment.
But over the long term, you have to wonder how this marriage will work. Rodriguez said yesterday that it is “50-50” he will need another surgery on his hip. While the labrum was repaired, he still has the born deformity that caused it in the first place. “I’ll be curious to see how I feel when I wake up,” he said.
At some point, will they have a $30 million DH for six or seven years? We also don’t know to what extent that stricter drug testing will inhibit his production. That is the great unknown for all players, really.
A-Rod said all the right things about focusing on baseball and wanting to win. But we’re heard that all before. His words were great, but his actions will tell the ultimate story. In 20 years, will the acquisition of A-Rod be looked upon as a smart move or a dumb one? Only time will tell.