Alex Rodriguez is not in the Yankees’ lineup Sunday as the chase for homer No. 600 has stalled out, now at 37 at-bats and 42 plate appearances.
“He’s played 13 days in a row. We’ve got to make sure that we keep him healthy and strong,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Girardi said he had talked about DHing Rodriguez Saturday, but the Lance Berkman move changed those plans. Now, instead of DHing A-Rod in the future (and Derek Jeter, for that matter), the Yankees might just offer a full day off. Also, Girardi said he was concerned about playing Rodriguez three straight days on the artificial turf at Tropicana Field.
“The last time he played three days in a row on turf is when he hurt his hip flexor,” Girardi said.
Rodriguez is available to pinch-hit, but Girardi said it “would be wonderful” to give him a complete day off and not use him. See you at Yankee Stadium for 600, then?