Alex Rodriguez said he feels absolutely no discomfort in his surgically repaired hip, but the Yankees want to have him checked out just in case. They’d like to do it on Friday, but there’s no appointment scheduled, and Rodriguez said he’s not in any rush.
It’s just something he and the team want to have done as a just-in-case measure.
“Checkups are going to be a part of the rest of my career.” Rodriguez said. “We’re doing it to be very proactive. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s another one in October or January, and again we’ll be sitting here next year talking about that. We just want to make sure, that’s a certain box and we want to check it off.”
Rodriguez said there’s no pain or cause for concern, but he also noted that he had no pain or cause for concern prior to 2009. The Yankees have planned a series of checkups, and this will be one of them.
Although Rodriguez’s offseason checkups are in Colorado, this one will be in New York. He’s not even sure Dr. Marc Philippon will fly in for the checkup, the Yankees doctors might take care of it themselves.
It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it’s Alex Rodriguez, so becomes a big deal as a matter of course.
“There’s no urgency,” Rodriguez said. “When it’s convenient for everyone, we’ll get it done.”
• Nick Swisher looked bad last night. After seeing him the clubhouse in Tampa, I thought there was no chance he’d be in the lineup tonight. I wasn’t even sure he’d be at the stadium, but he was his energetic self this afternoon. “He seems to have a lot of life today, which is good,” Girardi said. “My concern today is probably more, how long does the life last?”
• Girardi said he won’t finalize the lineup until after batting practice. He wants to check with Swisher again to make sure he’s still feeling up to playing, but pregame, Swisher said he was good to go.
• Today was an off day in Phil Hughes throwing program. He’s scheduled to meet with doctors on Friday to determine how much he steps it up in the coming days. He did workout today, and he’s been doing his usual weight routine.
• Joba Chamberlain is 100 percent not available today. He’s here, but he won’t pitch after throwing three days in a row.
• Jorge Posada is not in the lineup against another left-handed starter. Girardi said he’s not completely eliminating Posada from the vs. LHP lineup, but in these long stretches, these games against lefties provide a natural opportunity to give someone else a half day off. Today it’s Derek Jeter.
• Despite his throwing problems, the Yankees are committed to Eduardo Nunez as their utility infielder. He’s been very good with the bat, just needs to get the throwing under control. “He’s done it in spring training,” Girardi said. “He did it a little bit last year, but he was playing every day down there (in Triple-A) and he’s got to get used to not playing every day, and it’s an adjustment. But we’ve seen what this kid can do. We’ve seen the excitement he can provide and we need him to be able to do it.”
Felix Pie LF
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Luke Scott 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Mark Reynolds 3B
Robert Andino 2B
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