Alex Rodriguez is in Florida getting a second opinion on his right knee. Joe Girardi said the Yankees expect to know something by the end of the day, but he’s not sure when that will be. It might not be immediately after the game, but later this evening.
If the second doctor agrees that surgery is inevitable, Girardi sees some merit in getting it out of the way right now. The Yankees aren’t going to play the next three days anyway. They might as well use those as part of Rodriguez’s recovery.
“Absolutely,” Girardi said. “That’s what I would say. If you’re going to have the surgery, let’s get it done as soon as possible so some of the off days that you’re having are during the break.”
I wasn’t there for it, but apparently CC Sabathia said yesterday that he was able to pitch through his torn meniscus last season, but that was only because he was pitching every five days. Apparently Sabathia believes it would be more difficult to play through that sort of injury every day.
“We’ve seen how it’s affected Rodriguez up to this point,” Girardi said.
• Nick Swisher said his quad feels “way better” today than it felt yesterday, but he sees no sense in rushing back into the lineup. He’s certain he’ll be in there Thursday against the Blue Jays. “We’re just going to take the rest of this time off here,” he said. “You’ve got to get better, and especially with the all-star break coming up, why not take those three days just kind of rest your mind, rest your body and just kind of get healed up for that second-half push?”
• Swisher said he’s available to hit and play if necessary.
• The original plan was to give Derek Jeter the day off after No. 3,000, but because the Yankees were rained out Friday — and because their infield is already short-handed — Girardi told Jeter last night that he’d be back in the lineup today.
• Phil Hughes threw his normal between-starts bullpen on Friday, and he threw another full bullpen today. He’ll take the next three days off and doesn’t know yet when he’s making his first start after the break. The extra bullpen, for now, is the only extra work he’s doing.
• No big surprise, but Girardi said that if Rodriguez is out for an extended period of time, the plan would be to give Eduardo Nunez those starts.
• Speaking of backup third basemen, Eric Chavez is bothered by a sore back, but apparently he felt better yesterday, and “he should be able to get back to work soon,” Girardi said.
• Of the players currently on the disabled list, Rafael Soriano is closest to a return. He’s throwing live batting practice today. “He’s getting to a point where we could see him in a (rehab) game fairly quickly,” Girardi said.
• Damaso Marte is still just throwing bullpens and not ready to face hitters.
• Girardi said he has one baseball used in yesterday’s game, but he didn’t keep anything else. He gave the lineup card to Jeter. “It would be a great lineup card for anyone to have, but I think it’s his,” Girardi said.
• Every player had a duplicate of yesterday’s lineup card waiting for them at their locker this morning.
• Great story from Jorge Posada about his son Jorge’s reaction to No. 3,000: “I said, ‘You couldn’t write it any better.’ He said, ‘Yeah, I could write it better.’ He said, ’5-2 losing in the bottom of the ninth and a grand slam to win the ball game (for) 3,000.’ That’s what he said. I said, ‘Jorge, that doesn’t happen.’”
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