After surgery, he’s A-OK-Rod

Yanks offense projects better than last season
Open Thread: Strasburg is teh awesome

Check it out. Just like the New York Post — May-Rod? Please? — I too can write incredibly cheesy headlines about Alex Rodriguez. Anyway, the news: Alex Rodriguez underwent successful surgery this morning, and this afternoon, he began his rehab with a ride on the stationary bike. I’d probably take the under on nine weeks right now.

In other Yankee news, the team lost at home to the Blue Jays this afternoon, 6-2. While Andy Pettitte looked sharp in his spring debut, Ian Kennedy allowed five runs on five hits and a walk in 2.2 innings to earn the loss. Brett “Babe Ruth” Gardner hit his third home run of the Grapefruit League. Mariano Rivera had a 30-pitch session this morning, and all was right in the bullpen.

Yanks offense projects better than last season
Open Thread: Strasburg is teh awesome
  • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

    Brett Gardner? More like Brett ROIDner.

    • anonymous

      Lets hope so.

  • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

    Oh Happy Day-Rod!

  • Drew

    A-rod has an injury?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      That’s a shot at Jeter

      • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

        Remarking that that is a shot at Jeter, is in itself a shot at Jeter.

  • A.D.

    A-Rod is such a selfish player, rehabbing the day he gets surgery

    • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

      Yeah but that Nails Krzyzewski guy, he’s got so much grit – him rehabbing the same day he gets surgery and all.

      • anonymous

        Wow the same day? Thats a guy who plays the game the right way.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          I enjoyed these comments.

  • http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/ Bryan V

    “Brett ‘Babe Ruth’ Gardner”

    I really like Gardy, but come on! Let’s not get carried away…LOL

    • Jeremy

      So I shouldn’t call him Brett Godner?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

        Don’t you know the Third Commandment? “Thou shall not take Mo’s name in vain.”

        • Mike Pop

          And the Fourth Commandment. “Thou shall not fuc* with the Third Commandment.

    • waswhining

      Actually I’m on the Cody Ransom bandwagon. Something about an 8 year minor leaguer starting in place of the 300 million man on Opening Day in a 1.5 billion dollar stadium in the midst of the worst economy since Moses that gets my imagination running overtime. I know he has as many RBIs in 184 mlb at bats that A-Rod has for the month of June, but for some reason I have this dream where the guy slams a HR in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Yanks to victory. Go Cody! Johnny Damon said he was the best athlete on the team.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FNqHjq7lu0

  • John

    Someone tell Brett Gardner to stopping using his HR quota in Spring Training!Guess he really wants the CF job.

    • 27 this year

      he is also wearing thin on the hot streak quota.

  • http://RBIRADIO.BLOGSPOT.COM Joey H

    Gardners nickname sticks. I like it ;)

  • mustang

    I see IPK is mid-season form.
    lol
    No matter what Girardi is telling the media about no one leading in the CF job Gardner has to be a foot up..

  • DCR

    Kennedy needs to have a good spring so the Yankees can use him to net a bench player or something.

    • Mike Pop

      No.

      • Steve H

        seconded

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Ok. I understand that a lot of Yankee fans are upset at Ian Kennedy because the New York sports media unsurprisingly took a lot of his quotes out of context and made it sound like he doesn’t care about winning or pitching well. But I just can’t understand this logic.

      If Kennedy has a good spring, shouldn’t the Yanks develop him to turn into a big league pitcher who can contribute in the Bronx? Trading a potential middle-of-the-rotation or back-end starter for a bench player is the biggest waste of talent ever.

      • DCR

        Its not about his comments to the media. That stuff isn’t an issue to me. I don’t see how Kennedy fits on the Yankees. A lot can happen but right now the Yanks have Burnett, Hughes, Wang and Joba locked up for quite sometime (left Sabathia off because of his opt out clause). Its not wasting talent if you use something you have an excess of to address other needs.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          No matter how you slice or dice any desire to trade Ian Kennedy, if the Yanks and their potential trading partners feel they are giving up/getting a viable option for the starting rotation, getting only a bench player in return is a waste of resources. Starting pitching is always more valuable than a bench player.

          • mustang

            How about if that bench player is someone that they might need for a stretch run at the playoff i.e. David Justices or Ceil Fielder type ?

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

              I realize this might be a semantic argument, but I don’t consider Justice or Fielder to be bench players. Justice arrived in New York on June 29, 2000 and played in 78 of the team’s remaining 90 games. Cecil Fielder arrived on July 31, 1996 and played in 53 of the Yanks’ remaining 58 games.

              Those are high-impact players who are expected to play everyday, and for one of those, you consider trading Kennedy. But those aren’t bench players.

              • mustang

                OK

        • mustang

          Plus they also have some other young promising pitchers coming up behind him.

      • mustang

        I agree with you, but at what point do you cut your loses. I know he is still too young, but if you don’t trade him because his value is low what happens if gets worse or stay the same then what. Wouldn’t it be a bigger waste if you hold on to him for too long and end up getting nothing for him?
        And it’s not just the media his performance has a lot to do with the way fans feel about him.

        • http://evilempire20.com/ Ryan S.

          The Yankees don’t need to be pessimists that squander future potential for plays with minimal upside. Kennedy has plenty to offer and to look at him as a lost cause at this point is ridiculous.

          • mustang

            NEVER said he was a lost cause and I did say that I agree and that he still too young. I just think that Cashman sometimes holds on to certain players that he likes for too long. I’m just asking when is it too long in this case.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Bench players are guys like Cody Ransom. You find bench players by signing them off of other people’s waivers, or plucking them out of indy ball, or promoting AAAA guys in your own system. You don’t trade prospects that may or may not pan out for bench players.

              If you can trade Kennedy for a legit starter, you do it. If not, you sit on him and see if he pans out. If he doesn’t, no big whoop, it was worth the gamble and we can absorb the loss. We’re the Yankees.

    • barry

      The Yanks already have a minor league system worth of bench talent.

  • Cody Ransom

    Take your time Alex and make sure your hip heals correctly. Do not push it !!!! Time heals all wounds.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      No posting under fake names of real baseball players or famous people (or, um, Cody Ransom). Final warning.

      • John

        what happens if someone still does it?

        (BTW, that wasnt me)

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          They will feel the Wrath of Mo.

          (Or, um, we’ll delete the comment and consider a temporary time out if they are repeat offenders.)

        • Joey

          BANNED! Fo eva! (and eva)

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