A-Rod to play extended spring game Thursday
Alex Rodriguez will play in an extended Spring Training ‘camp day’ game on Thursday in Tampa, which is a fancy way of saying that he will bat against Yankees pitchers. He’ll get four or five at-bats as a designated hitter under controlled conditions, and will DH for a few days before playing the field. Pushing up Rodriguez’s return a week to May 8 appears very possible if he does not suffer any setbacks.
It looks like Melky Cabrera will continue to play for the foreseeable future. Joe Girardi said he took Gardner aside and stressed the Yankees have not lost confidence in him, but Cabrera is in the lineup once again tonight as they play the hot hand. They’ve effectively swapped places on the roster from April 6, as Gardner now could need Johnny Damon or Nick Swisher to need a day off to get back in.
Ian Kennedy had numbness in the middle finger on his right hand and was seen today in New York, diagnosed with a vaso spasm. He will be treated with medication and return to Scranton before being re-evaluated on Monday in New York.