Tested on an infield single, Rodriguez said he was running at 80 to 85 percent, but felt pain-free throughout. “You always have a little hesitation,” he said. “You really don’t want to bust it 100 percent until you get some games under you, but I felt pretty good out there.”
Both Rodriguez and Joe Girardi said they’ll have to wait until the morning to say for sure whether A-Rod will play in tomorrow’s game. Girardi stressed that there were no setbacks, but they want to make certain. “I have to wake up, see how I feel and hopefully get in there again,” Rodriguez said.
Not injured. Girardi wanted to give him a full day off, and stuck with that even through a string of late-inning pinch hitters. “I was giving him a day off,” Girardi said. “I had him to pinch hit in the ninth if we needed him there.”
Had an MRI this morning. The test came back clean — no breaks, no torn tissue — but it did show some deep inflammation. “My knee’s not that big, so I don’t know how deep it could be,” Swisher said.
It’s that inflammation that’s causing problems when Swisher runs. It doesn’t hurt when he hits or side steps, and obviously he was considered healthy enough to pinch hit this afternoon. Swisher said the MRI made him feel much more comfortable because now he knows there’s no structural damage that might become worse. “It’s time to fight through some pain,” he said.
Apparently the injury is not actually in his thumb, it’s more in the pointer finger of his right hand. Whatever it is, it wasn’t enough to keep him from playing right field today, but it might have been enough to keep him from hitting had his turn ever come to the plate. “It would have been difficult for him to hit,” Girardi said. “I just would have had to check with him before he went up there.”
Any official plans for a rehab assignment will have to wait until tomorrow. Girardi said he’s talked to the training staff and Brian Cashman, but that was a brief conversation and he wants things set in stone before making an announcement.
Pettitte indicated pregame that he’s “holding pretty firm” to the idea of making a rehab start on Wednesday. It’s worth noting that Double-A Trenton clinched the division last night and will be playing at home on Wednesday. Just a guess, but that seems like a pretty good fit.