A-Rod out of lineup as Yankees take on Tigers
Last night was really a surreal scene here at Yankee Stadium. It almost seemed like there were two games going on at once — one had the Yankees playing the Tigers, and then Alex Rodriguez faced the world in the other.
Things will be a little bit more normal this afternoon, as A-Rod is out of the Yankees’ lineup. Jayson Nix will play third base, and Joe Girardi explained it as a nod to the day game after the night game, as well as A-Rod needing to continue building up his stamina.
“It’s a day-by-day [plan],” Girardi said. “When you think about the real late night last night, if we don’t have that late night, maybe I play him today. It would have been his first day game after a night game. I’m just trying to be proactive in this, and make sure we don’t run him into the ground where he ends up hurting something else.”
A-Rod spoke to reporters before the lineup was posted in the clubhouse, but he said that he hadn’t been surprised by Nix replacing him in the ninth inning of Friday’s game.
“No, I think [Girardi] has a plan,” Rodriguez said. “Again, remember, for me, it’s somewhere for me in the middle of March. we play these games in the minor leagues and even if you play seven or eight innings in the minor leagues they’re quick games. You’re done by 9:00, 9:15. That’s like the bottom of the fourth for us here. He has a plan. I trust Joe, and he’s going to do the best for me and for the team.”
Also worth noting – A-Rod’s reaction to Miguel Cabrera’s ninth-inning homer off Mariano Rivera last night:
“That guy, he’s amazing. That was a joke. Everyone thought he was dead. It was like the movies, you’ve got to shoot him to make sure he’s dead. I knew he wasn’t coming out of the game. I said, don’t fall for that bait of limping around. He’s a dangerous guy.”