The Yankees expect to have some answers on Alex Rodriguez’s quadriceps before the end of the day. Joe Girardi said Rodriguez’s MRI was scheduled for sometime around 5 p.m., and Girardi said he’s “pretty confident” the MRI will show nothing significant. At this point, the Yankees are not expecting Rodriguez to be in the lineup tomorrow, but Tuesday remains a possibility.
“I think anytime you’re going through rehab, there’s going to be some stiffness,” Girardi said. “Guys’ legs get heavy, they get sore. That’s part of getting in playing shape. … He basically called it some stiffness. From what I understood, from talking to him, he didn’t feel like he pulled anything. We don’t want to get in a situation where we call him up for a day, he plays a few innings, and then it’s more than what you think it is.”
As he left Scranton this afternoon, Rodriguez told reporters that he was still optimistic, going so far as to say he’s more optimistic than he was last night. He labeled the MRI as largely precautionary.
“The plan is pretty much as scheduled as 20 days ago with one exception: get an MRI, get on a flight to Texas, probably get a workout tomorrow and strap it on Tuesday,’’ Rodriguez said. “I do feel confident, between the MRI and having the whole staff sign off, and we’ll play Tuesday. I think that’s all we can do.”
For now, the Yankees seem to be in a wait-and-see mode. Which is pretty much where they’ve been all year.
“I think we’re all a little anxious to see how he looks physically and how he’s moving,” Girardi said. “Was this surgery as successful as the other one when he came back great and moved fine? I’ve talked to people who have seen him and said he ran good the other day. Actually, he ran good yesterday. He went through all those ground balls yesterday and said he was moving OK, but I am anxious to see it. He hasn’t played in a while, and he’s almost 38, and you kind of want to see what you’ve got.”
• Derek Jeter stood in the box and tracked pitches while Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes threw bullpens today. Jeter said he expects to hit tomorrow — “I think,” he said. “Write think.” — and he still believes he could be back in the lineup on Saturday when he’s eligible to come off the DL. “Why not?” he said. “What d I have to do?” Perhaps most significant is the fact he has yet to run since the setback. “Got a whole week,” Jeter said. “?I think I will be there.”
• Hard to know whether Jeter’s telling the truth when he says these things, but he was adamant in saying that the quad does not hurt. “Nothing,” he said. “Is there any better than nothing? So yeah. Nothing is what I feel.”
• Girardi seemed a little less optimistic that Jeter will be in the lineup on Saturday. “I guess anything’s possible,” Girardi said. “I’m just not sure. I think the biggest hurdle he would have to clear is running. I wouldn’t rule it out, but I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent sure he’ll be back.”
• Other injury updates:
Curtis Granderson: “Grandy is taking BP,” Girardi said. “Should be a simulated game fairly shortly.”
Francisco Cervelli: “Cervy feels better,” Girardi said. “Cervy is throwing, and he says every day his arm feels better.” Girardi also said that Cervelli has started taking dry swings.
David Phelps: “Phelps threw another bullpen yesterday, said he felt better than his last bullpen,” Girardi said. “I don’t think he means so much physically, but he probably threw the ball a lot better.” It’s still expected that Phelps will either make a rehab start or pitch simulated game on Tuesday.
Jayson Nix: “I want to say Nixy played in a simulated game today but didn’t run,” Girardi said. “He got six ABs.”
• Will Phelps return to the Yankees as starter? “He left as a starter and we envision him as a starter,” Girardi said. “I’m not sure what exactly is going to happen, though, when he comes back. We’ve got to see how he feels and how he does.”
• Hard to know how exactly this will play out, but Girardi acknowledged that he might not have Rodriguez and Jeter in the field together regularly. Kind of have to assume that their range might be limited, and it might help to pair them with someone who can cover a little more ground. “I think you’ll see more of that than maybe you have in the past,” Girardi said. “Until we get through some of this and we make sure they’re fully healthy. I think you have to make sure that they’re moving like they’re supposed to before you start throwing them out there every day.”
Associated Press photo