SAN DIEGO – Derek Jeter will not appear in the Yankees’ starting lineup until at least Monday, as the captain hopes an achy right calf and leg will calm down enough to permit him to avoid the disabled list.
Manager Joe Girardi said that Jeter has been dealing with lower-body issues since Monday, after the Yankees arrived in Los Angeles to prepare for a two-game series with the Dodgers. Jeter played shortstop in both of those games.
“He’s been battling this leg problem. He’s also battling a little calf problem,” Girardi said. “I’m going to give him the next two days off, see where we’re at on Monday; hopefully get him back in there on Monday.”
Girardi said that he did not know if Jeter’s newest injury is related to the Grade 1 quadriceps strain that sent him to the disabled list last month. Jeter was receiving treatment and did not speak to reporters before Saturday’s game.
“He played on Sunday, and Sunday he did not feel anything,” Girardi said. “It was when he woke up on Monday that he talked about he felt a little something there.
“Today he said it’s the best it’s felt in the few days. He thought it was better, but if it is going in the right direction, I want to keep him going in the right direction and get him back 100 percent.”
Girardi said that he might use Jeter as a pinch-hitter against the Padres, but that he would probably have to pinch-run for him if he got on base. Having the designated hitter back in play on Monday against the White Sox in Chicago could help Jeter’s case to avoid a third stint on the disabled list this season.
“I’m definitely giving it two days. My hope is that we don’t have to DL him,” Girardi said. “My goal is to get him back in there on Monday, get him in there against the White Sox and see how he does.”
The plan, as far as the Yankees have outlined it thus far, is that Alex Rodriguez will be playing in a simulated game tomorrow in Tampa. After that, the intent is that he’ll be playing in a Minor League game somewhere on Friday. Where? Trenton is a good guess, but Brian Cashman didn’t even want to go that far.
It’s clear that 24 hours out is about as far as we can go with A-Rod right now. It’s just safer that way.
USA Today reports that Major League Baseball is preparing to hit Rodriguez with a lifetime ban, something that could be levied as soon as Thursday. ESPN reports that Rodriguez’s representatives and MLB are negotiating the terms of a suspension, with MLB continuing to hold the nuclear option of a lifetime ban.
Will we ever see Rodriguez in pinstripes at the big league level again? The longer this goes, the more valid that question seems to become. At this point, you have to proceed as though Rodriguez is on the way back because there is nothing rock-solid to the contrary. On the other hand, that can – and, it appears, will – change in the very near future.
Moving on – Yankees and the Dodgers here tonight at Chavez Ravine. Hiroki Kuroda & Clayton Kershaw. Gorgeous night for baseball.
It’s after 4 p.m. ET and the Yankees do not appear to have anything to announce.
The Phillies were shopping Michael Young late in the afternoon, and there were reports that Young would indeed have considered approving a deal to the Yankees, but it does not seem that they were able to cross the finish line on any moves.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is expected to offer some comments regarding the Deadline within the hour.
The clock is ticking down to the Trade Deadline at 4 p.m. ET, and we’re waiting to find out if Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will be able to pull the trigger on anything to upgrade the roster between now and then.
The Yankees already made one late July addition by acquiring outfielder Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs — at Hal Steinbrenner’s urging, as it turned out — and while there are certainly areas of the roster that could use tweaking, it has appeared that the Yankees were leaning toward either a minor move or no move at all before the non-waivers period expires.
It’s not a great market. There was talk that the Yankees were in on infielder Alberto Callaspo before he was traded by the Angels to the Athletics last night. The White Sox have been trying to drum up a market for outfielder Alex Rios, but the Yankees seem to have made their outfield move with Soriano and it’s a head-scratcher how Rios would fit in.
With Alex Rodriguez expected to be disciplined by Major League Baseball very soon (perhaps tomorrow?), the Yanks would probably get involved if Michael Young told the Phillies that he’d consider going to the Bronx. As of now, Young is believed to be willing to go only back to the Rangers or perhaps to the Red Sox.
You already saw a first Biogenesis deal last night as the Tigers traded for Jose Iglesias, a fit for them at shortstop in case Jhonny Peralta gets hit with a suspension. Third base production is obviously a need for a Yankees team that, right now, is plugging in Jayson Nix, Brent Lillibridge and maybe Eduardo Nunez. There was some guessing earlier this month that the Yankees might talk to the Twins about Justin Morneau, but now it looks like they’re more inclined to stick with Lyle Overbay.
The Yankees could dangle Phil Hughes as a trade chip, but he’s in the midst of an inconsistent season and they might prefer to keep the potential Draft compensation attached to him. There isn’t thought to be much of a market for Joba Chamberlain, as it’s a hard sell for the Yankees to tell a contending team that Chamberlain is a ready-made fit to plug into the late innings of a bullpen since they obviously don’t believe that themselves.
Actually, if the Yankees were inclined to sell – and they aren’t – the four players they could probably bring the most return for would be Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda, David Robertson and Ivan Nova. None of those players seem to be floating around the trade market right now. The Soriano move proved that the Yankees are not selling, even if they’re not exactly aggressive buyers at this point.
Even if the Yankees stand pat, Andy Pettitte said last night he believes the players in the room can get it done and punch a ticket to October.
“I just feel like this team’s got a lot of experience, and hopefully we can just will this thing — will it into the playoffs,” Pettitte said. “I know I expect to go. And I’m sure and I hope everyone else in this room feels the same way. I think the power of belief is awfully big and awfully important. And I believe in this club.
“I believe we’ve got the guys in this room to do it, and we’re going to continue to try to push each other and get it done. And the only way to do that is to stay positive and not let anything get inside here and interfere with that, and that’s what we’re going to do and I’m hoping it works out. That’s not a guarantee but we’re going to stay positive, try to grind this thing out and hopefully get rolling.”
ARLINGTON — One day after Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees clashed over the decision to seek a second opinion on his strained left quadriceps, the third baseman is trying to turn the page.
“I think the Yanks and I crossed signals,” Rodriguez said on Thursday in a statement released through a publicist. “I don’t want any more mix ups. I’m excited and ready to play and help this team win a championship.
”I feel great and I’m ready and want to be in the lineup Friday night. Enough doctors, let’s play.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in Arlington that he had not spoken to general manager Brian Cashman about the situation, but Girardi is not expecting to be able to write Rodriguez’s name in Friday’s lineup against the Rays.
“I’m sure they’ll go through all the proper rehab channels and we’ll move forward every day,” Girardi said.
Asked if he would be surprised to have Rodriguez in the clubhouse on Friday at Yankee Stadium, Girardi replied, “Yeah, I would think so. Yeah.”
Cashman released a statement on Wednesday that indicated Rodriguez has acted contrary to Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement by failing to inform the team that he was seeking a second opinion.
On Sunday, Yankees team physician Christopher Ahmad diagnosed Rodriguez with a Grade 1 strain of his left quad after an exam and MRI in New York. As a result, the Yankees said that Rodriguez would remain on the disabled list and return to Florida to rest and receive treatment.
But on Wednesday, Ahmad’s diagnosis was questioned by Dr. Michael Gross, chief of orthopedics of Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J. Gross said on WFAN Radio in New York that Rodriguez had asked him to look over the MRI to offer a second opinion.
Gross acknowledged to WFAN’s Mike Francesa that he has never treated Rodriguez in person and only spoke to the third baseman over the phone, but after spending about 20 minutes looking at the image, he saw no reason that Rodriguez couldn’t be in the Yankees’ lineup.
Cashman said in his statement that the Yankees would re-evaluate Rodriguez on Thursday, but it is unclear if the team will actually activating Rodriguez for Friday’s game against the Rays.
If Rodriguez is healthy and able to contribute at the Major League level, it would figure that the Yankees could use his help; the club is currently using a platoon of David Adams and Brent Lillibridge at third base.
“As you know, it is the Yankees’ desire to have Alex return to the lineup as soon as possible. And we have done everything to try and accomplish this,” Cashman said.
STATEMENT FROM YANKEES SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER BRIAN M. CASHMAN:
“I heard via a text message this afternoon from Alex Rodriguez that he had retained a doctor to review his medical situation. In media reports, we have since learned that the doctor in question has acknowledged that he did not examine Mr. Rodriguez and that he was not retained to do a comprehensive medical examination of Mr. Rodriguez. Contrary to the Basic Agreement, Mr. Rodriguez did not notify us at any time that he was seeking a second opinion from any doctor with regard to his quad strain.
“As you know, it is the Yankees’ desire to have Alex return to the lineup as soon as possible. And we have done everything to try and accomplish this.
“As early as Friday, July 12, when I suggested to Alex that we move his rehab from Tampa to Triple-A Scranton (at Buffalo), Alex complained for the first time of “tightness” in his quad and therefore refused to consent to the transfer of his assignment. Again, last Sunday, Alex advised that he had stiffness in his quad and should not play on Sunday or Monday. We sent Alex to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for an MRI which evidenced a Grade 1 strain.
“As always, we will follow the rules and regulations set forth in the Basic Agreement, and will again re-evaluate Alex in Tampa tomorrow, as our goal is to return him to the lineup as soon as he is medically capable of doing so.”
The Yankees have announced the following:
Earlier today at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, an exam and MRI performed by Yankees Team Physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez revealed a Grade 1 strain of his left quadriceps.
As a result, Rodriguez will not be joining the team for its series in Texas. He is scheduled to return to Tampa, Fla., for rest and treatment.
Since today is the last day of Rodriguez’s 20-day rehab, he is “returned from rehab” today but will not be reinstated to the Major League roster. He will remain on the D.L. but can no longer play in official minor league games seeing as the 20-day window has expired.
The Yankees may petition Major League Baseball for an additional rehab assignment for Rodriguez due to this new injury.
BOSTON — Alex Rodriguez was shifted from third base to designated hitter on Saturday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre due to tightness in his left quadriceps, the Yankees announced.
Rodriguez is still expected to attempt to play for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday against Louisville at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa., with his Minor League rehabilitation assignment scheduled to end soon.
The Yankees have been planning for Rodriguez to join the Major League club on Monday in Arlington, Tex., returning him from rehab after his 20-day Minor League assignment expires. He went 2-for-4 with two singles on Friday.
General manager Brian Cashman said that decision will be based on how Rodriguez is feeling after his stint with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ends, and that it can be a flexible plan if necessary.
If Rodriguez does not join the big league club on Monday, he will remain on the disabled list but can no longer play in official Minor League games.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre shuttle delivered two more players to the Yankees’ clubhouse on Saturday morning, as outfielders Melky Mesa and Thomas Neal joined the big league club at Fenway Park.
In corresponding roster moves, the Yankees placed outfielder Zoilo Almonte on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle and designated infielder Alberto Gonzalez for assignment.
“We probably see Thomas more as maybe a DH against some left-handers, and Melky more as an outfielder against some of the guys,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ll use them both, and [Brent] Lillibridge and [Luis] Cruz can play anywhere in the infield, so we’re covered there.”
Girardi said that Almonte is traveling to Tampa, Fla., and will have an MRI performed on his ankle there. Almonte injured his ankle stepping awkwardly on first base while trying to beat out a second-inning double play ball in Friday’s 4-2 loss to the Red Sox.
Mesa, 26, was hitting .249 with nine homers and 22 RBIs in 65 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It is the second stint with the Yankees this year for Neal, 25, who was batting .314 with two homers and 29 RBIs in 66 Triple-A games.
When Mesa appears in a game, he will become the 46th different player to appear in a game this season for the Yankees, surpassing their total from all of last season.
“I’m pretty familiar with a lot of the guys, most of the guys; we’ve had a lot of them in Spring Training,” Girardi said. “It’s probably harder on the clubhouse guys.”
On a day when Mariano Rivera is preparing to say goodbye to the All-Star Game, the Yankees closer has been saying hello much, much more.
Rivera has been the most popular player in either clubhouse here at Citi Field, as players from both the American and National Leagues are clamoring to get a moment – or a signature – from the future Hall of Famer.
“Yeah, I’m signing all kinds of stuff. A lot more,” Rivera said. “They know it’s my last year, so they’re going to get me now. I can’t escape from that one. It’s OK, though – they are good guys, and why not?”
Rivera has been promised by Tigers manager Jim Leyland that he will touch the mound at some point tonight; obviously, Rivera and the AL hope that it is in a save situation. Cano, who is starting at second base for the AL, said that it has been a special to get to share a clubhouse with Rivera during his final Midsummer Classic.
“It’s an honor being here with Mariano in his last All-Star Game,” Cano said. “He’s a guy that has seen me coming up, has always given me good advice and has always been there for me. Just to be here with him in his last year, it’s an honor.”
Even with the celebratory atmosphere, Cano said that the attitude in the AL clubhouse is “serious.”
“We play this game like a regular game,” Cano said. “We have to go out and give everything we’ve got because you’ve got to respect the game and you have to show respect to the fans.”