At some point, we’ll know for sure what’s going on with Alex Rodriguez and Biogenesis and Major League Baseball. Until that happens — and unless the Yankees make a surprising move in the next 30 hours or so — everything else in this fairly busy week is going to feel secondary.
Jayson Nix returns from hamstring injury
He’s a utility infielder, so it’s hard to make too much of his return, but Nix is likely to get significant time at third base now that his leg has healed. He’s hardly an offensive difference maker, but he does have a .272 batting average and .374 on-base percentage against lefties this season. His career numbers are better than Brent Lillibridge’s. He could be back in the lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Dodgers.
The Yankees have made one move. Are they going to make another? The non-waiver deadline hits at 4 p.m. ET, but the Yankees seem stuck between contention and uncertainty. Are they willing to give up significant pieces of their future to improve their potentially hopeless present? If not, could they — and would they — dump veteran pieces for prospects?
Rodriguez in a game
Obviously this seems subject to change depending on the league’s response to Rodriguez’s connection to Biogenesis (and whether Rodriguez decides to appeal), but for now, the plan is for Rodriguez to play either simulated game or a minor league rehab game on August 1. Brian Cashman has said Rodriguez likely wouldn’t need much more time than this to be big league ready. The league might have quite a bit to say about that.
Curtis Granderson’s return?
The Yankees play a weekend series in San Diego, and Joe Girardi seemed to leave open the possibility of Granderson returning at some point during that series. “I don’t think that you’ll see Granderson, obviously, in L.A.,” Girardi said. “But we’ll see after that.” Is Cano, Soriano and Granderson and a middle of the order capable of making some noise the final two months?
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