Got to Citi Field early today to do some work and get ready for the game.
Came across two statistics that struck me as unusual:
• Hideki Matsui has played in only 321 of the last 528 games because of wrist, knee and hamstring injuries. Playing in those 1,768 consecutive games — many of them on turf in Japan — really caught up with him. There is a zero percent change the Yankees will retain Matsui after this season. It’ll be interesting to see if there is a market for him in the majors or whether he has to return to Japan.
• Alex Rodriguez has not had a triple since May 31, 2006 — 1,624 at-bats ago. His last three-bagger came off Nate Robertson at Comerica Park in the eighth inning of a game the Yankees won 6-1.
How weird is that? Alex is obviously a guy who runs well and hits more than his share of line drives into gaps. You figure he would have had a triple at some point. He has 26 in his career.
Here’s a prediction: That streak ends tonight. A-Rod owns Livan Hernandez (11 of 19) and Citi Field is as spacious as a national park.
UPDATE, 4:07 p.m.: Jose Molina is on the field right now doing some base-running drills. That would seem to be a sign he’s close to re-starting a rehab assignment. Oddly enough, Alfredo Aceves is also doing the same drills.
No clue whatsoever why.