Time for a break?
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that they plan to discuss giving Rodriguez a day off during the Braves series, which certainly does not seem to be the worst idea. That hints that A-Rod would play through the weekend against the Mets, and though Girardi thought he had some better swings last night, obviously he is continuing to fight his fatigue issues.
“I’ve got to take it one day at a time,” Rodriguez said. “I certainly don’t think it’s going to be a bad year. I think I’m going to do a lot of good things to help the team. When things aren’t going well, you’ve got to keep working hard and keep hustling.”
Girardi said that A-Rod’s history indicates that he will perform better than this, but Rodriguez has never also had to deal with playing through a hip condition that seems like it will require another surgical procedure after the season. At this point, the Yankees will have to try and manage what they can get out of Rodriguez — whatever it may be.
“I have complete certainty that I’m going to do a fine job this year for our team,” Rodriguez said.