Assuming he didn’t wake up with a broken leg or some sort of unexpected soreness, Alex Rodriguez will be in the Yankees lineup this afternoon. It will be his first big league game since early July, and Joe Girardi has committed to putting him back in the cleanup spot.
So what happens to the rest of the lineup?
My guess is we won’t see anything drastic this afternoon. The Yankees are facing a right-hander, and my guess is that Girardi will go back to the lineup he was using back in May: Brett Gardner will drop to the No. 9 spot, Derek Jeter will be the leadoff hitter, and Curtis Granderson will once again be the most dangerous No. 2 hitter in baseball.
But maybe not.
The lineup should be posted fairly shortly, and I guess my question is this: What are you hoping to see hanging on that clubhouse wall? Assuming Rodriguez does slide into his familiar spot in the batting order, where would you slot everyone else?