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Rodriguez returns to baseball activities in Tampa

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 06, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez

An update from The Associated Press down in Tampa…

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is back on the field for the first time since surgery on his left hip almost four months ago.

He joined a group of injured New York Yankees starters Monday at the team’s minor league complex. The 37-year-old third baseman ran, played catch and hit off a tee.

Rodriguez said it’s “like being 8 years old again when I first grabbed a bat.” He added it’s “pretty exciting” and he’s “really looking forward to getting back.”

Rodriguez had surgery Jan. 16 and could return to the Yankees after the All-Star break. A surgeon repaired a torn labrum and impingement in the operation in New York.

“It feels good to be back out in uniform,” Rodriguez said. “It’s been a rough stretch with the rehab, obviously. It’s small bites at a time.”

Rodriguez is currently taking part in a 30-day rehab schedule setup by his doctors and team officials.

“We’re taking it four weeks at a time,” Rodriguez said. “Today is one of 30.”

The upbeat A-Rod signed autographs and took photos with around 40 fans waiting for him outside the player’s parking lot. Fans driving by stopped their car near the complex driveway and jumped out to have photos taken.

“I have a lot of unfinished business,” said Rodriguez, who struggled offensively late last season. “I’m really looking forward to getting back on the field close to 100 percent and being who I am.”

Outfielder Curtis Granderson (broken right forearm), first baseman Mark Teixeira (right wrist), corner infielder Kevin Youkilis (lumbar spine sprain), and catcher Francisco Cervelli (broken hand) are also rehabbing injuries in Florida.

“It’s great seeing him,” Teixeira said. “He’s just happy to be back, doing some baseball activities. He’s got a big smile on his face right now, which is great.”

Shortstop Derek Jeter is also on the disabled list with a broken ankle, and is not expected back until after the All-Star break.

“We always talk about injuries are a part of the game, but this is crazy” Rodriguez said. “I’ve never seen anything like it. But I’ve got to tell you, the way those guys are playing up there, the job the front office has done putting these guys together at the last minute, hats off to everyone.”

The Miami New Times reported this year that Rodriguez bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances in recent years from Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed clinic in Coral Cables, near the three-time AL MVP’s offseason home.

Rodriguez has denied the allegations.

“I can only control what I can control,” Rodriguez said. “I’m really focusing on all the great things that have happened in the game. I’m really focused on getting healthy, and just getting back and helping the Yankees win a championship.”

A 14-time All-Star, Rodriguez had right hip surgery on March 9, 2009, and returned that May 8. He is due $114 million over the next five years as part of his $275 million, 10-year contract.

Jeter found out he fractured his left ankle for a second time in six months on April 18. At that time the Yankees said the team captain should be able to resume his rehabilitation when the new crack heals in about four to eight weeks.

Out since injuring his wrist with the U.S. on March 5 before the World Baseball Classic, Teixeira took batting practice in an indoor cage and hopes to start on-field BP in the next few days.

“I’m very, very happy with where I am right now,” Teixeira said.

Granderson, who broke the arm Feb. 24 in his first at-bat of spring training when he was hit by a pitch from Toronto’s J.A. Happ, is playing in extended spring training games and expected to rejoin the team this month.

Youkilis is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on May 13. Cervelli broken his hand April 26 and is expected to miss at least six weeks.

Associated Press photo

 
 

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56 Responses to “Rodriguez returns to baseball activities in Tampa”

  1. Jesus Bustero May 6th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Get well not-so-soon Alex.

  2. Jesus Bustero May 6th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Also Chad do you believe the Yankees gave “cortisone” or another type of medically approved “hormone therapy” to heal Hugues “bulging disc”? And maybe that’s why his velocity is back up? I hope it continues. If true, keep the needles sharp!!! Ortiz is clearly still being “treated” as he moves in and out of the lineup and whenever he returns he’s never rusty, no, his swing is actually better.

  3. Nick in SF May 6th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I think Arod might be hiding Biogenesis records inside those eye creases. :neutral:

  4. Chad Jennings May 6th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Hughes might have gotten cortisone somewhere along the line, but I really just think he’s building arm strength. It’s not like he’s never had a fastball like this in the past.

  5. Jesus Bustero May 6th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Yes he needs a daily dose of vitamin C serum and the ester of vitamin E. E and C work together in the synthesis of collagen, but don’t let Dr. Oz hear you say that.

  6. Chad Jennings May 6th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    One more thing that some of you will find interesting (and some won’t care about at all)…

    I’m working on a post with some minor league notes and updates and just talked to someone about tonight’s Triple-A lineup.

    Ronnier Mustelier at third
    Corban Joseph at second
    David Adams at first

    Interesting.

  7. Jerkface May 6th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Can we get Musty AND Adams up at the same time?

  8. luis May 6th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Hmmm!! Chad good info thanks

  9. luis May 6th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    JF,

    We should

  10. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 6th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Chad, so basically there’s no one on the left side of the infield in the Yankees farm system that can hit well AND play sound defense? Is Musty an exception?

  11. mick May 6th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Hey this is not nice… Maybe he doesn’t have the patience
    ===============================
    when you say he ,that assumes one person . i said some.
    some feel they are superior. that is not nice.
    some have no defense as they know they are wrong.
    sort of like a troll.

  12. Warning Track Power May 6th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    ARod-
    Do your thing. You have my support.

  13. mick May 6th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    arod could be back before jeter

  14. astrocityfan May 6th, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    thanks for the info chad! looking forward to seeing Musty in the show!

  15. luis May 6th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Mick,

    Nobody feels superior… I think I defended the point very well, even if you don’t agree with it, so they are not necessarily wrong… Trolls have no depth, this guys you are refferring too do… So please be civil

  16. G. Love May 6th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Good stuff Chad.

    Looks like they’re trying Adams at 1b to be the RH part of the 1b platoon should Tex’s wrist thing linger. It’s creative as long as the kid can make the routine plays there.

    Great thing about Overbay is he can be a defensive replacement for Adams if the game is close in the late innings.

  17. luis May 6th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    G Love,

    My only regret is that Adams can actually hit both RHP and LHP…

  18. mick May 6th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I think I defended the point very well, even if you don’t agree with it, so they are not necessarily wrong…
    ==================
    wasn’t talking about you.

  19. mick May 6th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    what the yanks are missing are switch hitters.
    cue the swisher fanatics, altho not many of them.

  20. Jerkface May 6th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    cue the swisher fanatics, altho not many of them.

    -

    His .380 OBP is missed.

  21. mick May 6th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    oh theres the only one..

  22. mick May 6th, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    jeter
    icihiro
    tex
    cano
    arod
    youk/hafner
    granderson
    cervelli
    gardner

    perfect lineup?

  23. Chad Jennings May 6th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    yankeehotelfoxtrot May 6th, 2013 at 5:22 pm e
    Chad, so basically there’s no one on the left side of the infield in the Yankees farm system that can hit well AND play sound defense? Is Musty an exception?

    I think it has more to do with adding defensive flexibility than thinking Mustelier is a better defensive player. I’ve never heard anyone describe Mustelier as a good defensive infielder, but plenty of people have said he’s perfectly passable at third and much better than he used to be in the outfield. I’ve never asked for a comparison, but my guess is that most evaluators consider Adams a better defensive third baseman than Mustelier.

  24. luis May 6th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I know that Mick… Just try to be civil… Got to go

  25. charlestonchew May 6th, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I am an optimist, that is for sure, but I have also been accused of being quite the defeatist pessimist, so it’d hard to know how true in measure each of them are.

    But if there’s one thing I feel pretty strongly about, it’s that Alex will return to form when he arrives later this year. I’m thinking a 162 game average of 25-30HR, 35 2B, .275 avg, and 80-90RBI, whatever that translates to in his short season. With both his hips under him, one of the best hitters of the past 15 years will once again be a force in this lineup.

  26. luis May 6th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Chad,

    What about their bats… Who is better Adams or Musty?

  27. mick May 6th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Just try to be civil…
    =========
    pass that on.

  28. kd May 6th, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    seems like they’re telling those kids that one will be the super utility guy and letting them just fight it out.

    great posts last thread chad.

  29. charlestonchew May 6th, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I’d prefer:

    Gardner
    Jeter
    Cano
    A-Rod
    Tex
    Granderson
    Hafner/Youk
    Ichiro/Wells
    Cervelli

    That would be, whichever way you organize it, easily top 3 offense in MLB, perhaps the best.

  30. Chad Jennings May 6th, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    luis May 6th, 2013 at 5:45 pm e
    Chad,

    What about their bats… Who is better Adams or Musty?

    Again, I’ve never asked anyone for a comparison, but I’d guess that Mustelier is considered the better all-around hitter. But they also strike me as very different types of offensive players.

  31. mick May 6th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    i would separate tex and arod

  32. G. Love May 6th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    luis – They could easily play Adams at 3b against RHP as they have no lefty hitting 3b option. If his bat holds up, it could push Nix or Nelson off the roster and the other back to a bench role.

    The other way I can see them playing it is when/if Youk returns, he goes into a platoon with Overbay at 1b and one of Musty/Adams come up to play 3b vs. LHP.

    Putting Adams at 1b gives them a lot of options if he can get comfortable there and the injured guys linger on the DL.

  33. Doreen May 6th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    ARod is a confounding personality. Just when I am done with him, he ropes me in on his side again!

  34. Chad Jennings May 6th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Also, just to correct myself…

    Rob Refsnyder actually leads the Yankees organization in errors with 11. He made five in Low-A, then moved up to High-A where he’s made six (which is why I didn’t notice him earlier). His offensive numbers are insane, and the errors are probably a little easier to forgive considering he’s learning to play second base again after being primarily an outfielder in college.

  35. mick May 6th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    would think nunez is alright as they are not calling up an IF for this series..
    cant see them playing w/out a BUIF.
    No DH .

  36. mick May 6th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    ARod is a confounding personality. Just when I am done with him, he ropes me in on his side again!
    ==============
    we all have short term memory loss.

  37. Doreen May 6th, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    mick -

    What can ya do??

  38. Captain Clutch May 6th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    The Yanks definitely have to see what Adams and Musty can do in mlb asap. Both of them being right handed is really good and could be exactly what the team needs right now. We have seen enough of Nix and it’s obvious that he isn’t an answer. These moves would help to get some of the lefties out of the lineup against lefty pitchers.

  39. G. Love May 6th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Clutch,

    They’ll have to pry Nix out of Girardi’s cold dead hands.

    Nelson probably shouldn’t sign any leases in NYC unless he busts out on this road trip.

  40. mick May 6th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    What can ya do??
    ==============
    too late to do anything.
    but ask mr bustero as he might have an antidote.

  41. Jerkface May 6th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Nix is another guy your brain might trick you into thinking has had a decent season until you realize he is hitting .227 .272 .280 .552.

  42. mick May 6th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    nix will soon enough be the super utility guy again.

  43. Captain Clutch May 6th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Girardi’s obsession with Nix is definitely a problem. He will have a game where he goes 2-3 and Girardi will go on and on about how important he is to the team. Then he goes 5 games in a row where he strikes out looking or swinging in every at bat. He is an ok utility guy when he is playing once a week or so but now he is really being over exposed.

  44. mick May 6th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    i am thinking adams will be the odd man out as he learns to play 1st down below and by 5/15 Youk will be back or soon to be.

    musty will be up for the KC series.

  45. mick May 6th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    youk + musty > ben fran + boesch

  46. G. Love May 6th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    A lot of us believe Girardi overpraises the times the light hitting “pets” of his do something positive because he was a light hitting pet once upon a time.

    For most of his Yankee career he was not a good hitter at all, but he’s remembered for his post season 3b more than the empty at bats he provided most of the time.

    I remember being furious that we let Mike Stanley go for Girardi and I blamed Zimmer for making it happen because Girardi was one of his “pets”.

    I mean, right now, I bet most Yankee fans think about Nix HR’ing off Verlander first before they think about how bad his numbers are.

    He does seem to make it count when he does something which is what I think Girardi drools over when you have guys putting up pinball scores in blowouts getting giant contracts based on those numbers.

  47. Tyler May 6th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Rob Refsnyder OPSing 1.037 in Tampa. The guy has a million errors already this year but there is no stopping the Refsnyder offensive train!

  48. mick May 6th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    G Love
    Do you think Girardi plays Nix b/c he wants to?
    He has to.
    There’s no one else. He’s a spare BUIF who can play all positions and is now learning to play 1st.
    This injury situation is the only reason he’s playing.

  49. Captain Clutch May 6th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Hopefully on this trip they will take the training wheels off of Romine. Start by letting him catch Kuroda and CC. When those guys are going good anyone can catch them. I don’t even want to get into Girardi’s obsession with Stewart. It’s beyond insane.

  50. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    The Yankees are doing a nice job of getting Romine rusty on the bench.

    How many days has been sitting now ?

    He needs to play. If the Yankees don’t want to play him why bring him up ?

    And think of it. They weren’t even decent enough to buy him a can of 3-in-1 oil.

    :(

  51. mick May 6th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    MTU
    I am sure they think they made a mistake starting Romine with Andy.

  52. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Mick-

    Last I checked there were 4 other starters to try him with. I’m sure he is quite familiar w. Hughes.

    And what happened w AP had little to do w Romine IMO.

    He sucked this last time out too. And Stewart was catching him.

    Why give the kid splinters in his butt riding the pine ?

    Makes no sense to me.

  53. MaineYankee May 6th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Makes no sense to me

    ——————————————-

    That’s because you know about rocks not splinters.

  54. Yankee Trader May 6th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com.....ar=DEFAULT

    After today , the Yankees have one off day, the 23rd, the rest of this month.

    With all these injuries, Girardi has no flexibility in a close game with offensive substitutions in trying to manufacture a run. What do you do if let’s say ,Hafner leads off the 8th with a single , the Yankees need a run to tie or break a tie, and all your speed merchants are in the game as regulars? No pinch runners.

    If the Yankees can win 2/3 rds of the next 25 games left in May, then I have to think they might just have a decent chance to make the playoffs.

    Cash- Get them another righty bat. Maybe a lifetime .300 hitter who can hit to all fields. Mustelier! :)

  55. Duh Innings II May 6th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    A-Rod making $28M to play for a little over two months of baseball, Jeter $17M – NO THANKS!

    Put these guys on the 60-day disabled list August 1 and collect $45M insurance.

    Let the World Baseball Classic pay Teixiera for the entire year for another $22.5M savings and $67.5M total savings. I wouldn’t mind if they paid him for 2014-16 either.

    18-12 is a 90-60 pace through 150 games. Play .500 ball in the final dozen games and that’s a 96-66 finish, another division title, and possibly another best record in the American League for homefield advantage throughout the entire A.L. postseason, the entire postseason if the A.L. wins the All-Star Game.

  56. Mike in Harrisburg May 6th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    A-Rod and Tex are masters of the banal, say-something-mean-nothing sound bite.


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