A-Rod back in the swing
See Alex run, see Alex throw, see Alex catch and … most important of all … see Alex hit.
The Yankees had plenty to keep an eye on before Wednesday’s game, watching Alex Rodriguez take his first steps back on the field since hitting the DL on April 30. By all accounts, it went quite well. A-Rod ran at about 75 percent, he estimated, and said he can’t wait to start his rehab assignment in Tampa on Monday.
That lines A-Rod up to rejoin the Yankees on Wednesday against Tampa Bay, one week from today, the earliest he could possibly be activated. They’ll take it. No, he didn’t faint.
A few assorted notes…
Joe Girardi said he spoke to Joba Chamberlain briefly after last night’s game and has no concerns that the free-spirited reliever will be able to bounce back — “Joba’s been through some tough times in his life, and he’s had to get back up, and not always on the baseball field,” Girardi said.
Judging by the pretty solid slap Joba threw at my left shoulder an hour before game time, he’s in a much better mood this evening.
Wondering about Jorge Posada? He’ll be cleared to take batting practice on Friday. Phil Hughes will tag along to Tampa while the Yankees go to Detroit, though he can’t do a whole lot physically right now.
The Yankees have an interactive feature up until 5:30 p.m. during batting practice where you can send a text message to the video screens down the left and right field lines. Most are simple like “Hi Jenny” or “Go Yankees,” but in the past, I’ve seen some pretty good ones up there — most revolve around Carl Pavano.
Anyway, I finally cranked one up there this afternoon to salute Morgan Ensberg’s devoted fandom of the Will Ferrell movie ‘Anchorman,’ posting “Morgan Ensberg is kind of a big deal.” Actually, I just wanted to see if it would work. If you can think of anything funnier for the next few home games, fire away.