Still no sign of Alex Rodriguez here at Yankee Stadium. He is apparently going to talk to the media at some point today, but no one seems to be sure when that’s going to happen.
Obviously Joe Girardi has addressed the bulk of the issue. We’ll just have to wait to get Rodriguez’s take.
Two lingering issues…
How does this relate to the hip surgery?
Girardi is correct when he points out that the hip flexor was not directly involved in last year’s operation, but it’s clearly the same part of the body. We’re talking about a difference of a few inches, and there could be some level of correlation.
“Any time he has a problem in that region, there’s a red flag that’s going to go up in all of us,” Girardi said. “… If you pull a quad and you had knee surgery, can you say 100 percent that it’s not part of it?” Girardi said. “No, you can’t say that. But to me, they’re totally separate.”
Why did he play yesterday?
When Rodriguez felt the stiffness in his groin a few minutes before last night’s game, he chose not to tell Girardi about it, but he did tell Ramiro Pena to be ready just in case. To me, it’s a minor issue because players are a little banged up all the time. Maybe he should have given Girardi the option of taking him out of the lineup, but it also seems that players who complain about minor injuries are always dismissed as being soft.
“I’m not upset because I was a player once and every time I was stiff, I didn’t run to the manager and say I’m not sure I can go today,” Girardi said. “You want your players to want to play. If the players in that clubhouse only went out when they felt 95 to 100 percent, we’d have a hard time putting the lineup up every day.”
• Brett Gardner hit today, but he’s still limited to pinch running for the game.
• Girardi on Jorge Posada: “He’s closer. Felt good about the drills he was doing today. We’ll talk to Dr. Ahmad when he gets here and try to get an exact timetable on when we might see him behind the plate.”
• Alfredo Aceves will begin throwing off flat ground on Sunday. He’s been going through therapy to stabilize and strengthen his lower back and said he feels confident that he’s made significant progress.
• The Yankees don’t play the Astros often, but they did see Brett Myers this spring. Robinson Cano hit his first spring homer off Myers.
• Francisco Cervelli showed up wearing a Team Italy soccer jersey with his last name and the No. 29 on the back.
Associated Press photo from last night.