Alex Rodriguez isn’t expected to be in Yankees camp today, and he might not be there tomorrow. Distractions aside, though, the Yankees third baseman seems ready for Opening Day.
“You’re going to start getting at-bats against guys that you are going to be facing over the next six months,” he said last week after his first spring home run. “It’s time to get sharp.”
That home run last Friday was part of a 2-for-3 day, the first of three straight 2-for-3 games that Rodriguez had against the Tigers, Astros and Nationals. He took an 0-for-2 yesterday — the Yankees as a whole had just five hits — and his spring average still stands at .333 with a .600 slugging percentage. The Yankees spring leaders in home runs are the two guys hitting ahead of Rodriguez, Nick Johnson and Mark Teixeira, who had three each. Teixeira is batting .333 with a .611 slugging.
“It’s nice to have them both at the beginning of the season,” Joe Girardi has said. “It just makes our lineup a lot more complete.”