A-Rod has slight meniscus tear in right knee

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Update (6:31pm): Via Joel Sherman, the Yankees have recommended surgery and Alex is leaning that way, though the second opinion is still to come.

Update (4:57pm): Via Marc Carig, A-Rod will go for a second opinion tomorrow before deciding on surgery.

Original Post (1019am): Via Danny Knobler and Joel Sherman, Alex Rodriguez has a slight meniscus tear in his right knee. There are two courses of action: play through it and have surgery at the end of the year, or have surgery now. Joe Girardi said that no decision has been made yet, but it’s up to A-Rod. CC Sabathia pitched through the same injury last year and had offseason surgery, but he only played once every five days. In-season surgery would keep Alex on the shelf for a month or so.

No one asked me, but if I’m A-Rod, I’d have the surgery now and get healthy for the stretch run and playoffs. I think two-plus months of him at 100% is better than three months of him at what, 50%? 75%? Who knows, but less than 100%.

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  • bonestock94

    Oh crap

  • JohnnyC

    Maybe those Aramis Ramirez rumors have some basis?

    • Pounder

      Ramirez and Garza being talked about.For who though is a big question.

      • X-62

        I haven’t heard anything about either possibly going to NY. Where have you guys heard this one? It actually would make some sense.

      • Matt

        I’d poop myself if Matt Garza ended up in pinstripes. I have absolutely no idea why, but I’ve had a man-crush on him ever since I watched him dismantle the Durham Bulls back in 2007 (before he got traded to Tampa Bay).

        Am-Ram would be nice, too.

        Granted, I’m sure it’d cost Man-Bam. Which I would not approve of.

    • The BIG 3

      Ramirez, I can see. Garza along with is a pipedream though. Such a trade would literally empty the farm system.

    • salute

      Please let me know where u heard this from???

  • AndrewYF

    I’m thinking Granderson now bats third, Tex cleanup, Cano remains in the 5 hole. Of course, Jeter will now hold on to the number 2 spot forever while Gardner leads off.

    • Mike

      I’d have

      Gardner
      Granderson
      Canó
      Teixeira
      Núñez
      Posada
      Martin
      Swisher
      Jeter

      I know it is the captain but he also is not hitting very well and is coming off an injury.

      • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

        Switch Swisher and Nunez and that’s perfect.

      • infernoscurse

        im the biggest Nuñez fan and want him to start every day but batting him 5th thats just ridiculous

      • JMK

        You want Nunez batting 5th? Are you insane?

      • salute

        I like it

  • Jonathan Harker

    Might as well have the surgery now and we’d still have him for most of the last 2 months. There is enough offense to hold serve until then.

    • matt

      While I legit admire Al’s toughness and suspect he badly wanted to play through, in my view, if we’re really talking a month from the knife to playing, this surgery should have been done yesterday. Get the doctor now for christ sakes. Why lose the benefit of the break? Minor nit, but those are still games lost.

      This is a good Yankee team, for me clearly no worse than second best in the AL, and they’re not losing their season on account of Nunez playing 3B for a month (many months, it gets trickier).

      All that said, if there’s a reasonable deal to be done for Aramis, I’d do it in a heartbeat. He’s a tremendous hitter, he’s got a club option on him next year, in 2011 in addition to trying to fill ARod’s shoes for a bit, he’s a clearly superior option at DH vis-a-vis Posada when facing lefties – and if some other move comes down the pike and Montero is somehow moved, pick up the option for one year and let Aramis and Al just split 3B/DH in 2012.

      The Cubs are just desperate for young pitching, not just high end, they need quantity too, for only a year and a half control, Nova and your pick of the Noesi/Warren/Phelps/Mitchell trio and maybe one higher end project type who’s years off, ought to get it done

      And btw, if the Cubbies feel like sending me Carlos Zambrano (assuming his injury isn’t significant, I frankly don’t know), in exchange for salary relief and one more of those future back of the rotation AL East starters send him on over. Zambrano’s not cheap, but only on the hook for next year, his ’13 player option has no chance of vesting. certainly has his warts, but take the flier on the higher end stuff and see where it fits, he’s pitched in relief before should that be the need.

      And of yeah, while Jim Hendry is on the phone, might as well ship Kerry Wood back on over for another stretch run.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    Ya know, it would be really great if Eric Chavez would hurry up and get healthy now.

  • icebird753

    I doubt he would get the surgery unless the team forces him too

  • Undertaker’s Dong

    Get the surgery now, be healthy and rejuvinated for the stretch run.
    Plus more playing time for Eduardo, that can’t be so bad could it???

    • Mike

      Núñez in less than half of the yanks games, leads the Yankees with 10 errors (plus at least 4 more that have not been scored errors but are clearly mental errors like not catching a throw to turn a double play or to nail a runner off-base).

      He hits OK, but it is mediocre defensively and lacks the instinct to run the bases. He is more of a future DH or OF than an infielder or someone you can trust to come off-the-bench late in a game to field.

      And the other alternative, Peña, is not very good himself besides running.

      So maybe we’ll see Laird or more likely **gulp** Russo or any sub 0.250 AVG with no power from the minors as JoeG likes to go with his portion of Mitre… though with the yanks are performing this year, i see them nowhere near Tampa at second place at the end of july (at least -7 games), which will be a shame =(

      • infernoscurse

        small samples

      • Mike HC

        Almost all of Nunez’s value comes from the fact he can play up the middle in the infield. I think there is no doubt that his future is at short or second, maybe third, or a utility infield guy. If he moves to DH, he immediatly becomes valueless, and a move to the OF also hurts his value a ton.

        • matt

          No doubt, his bat could never stick at DH. Interesting kid, his defense has just been embarrassingly unacceptable, and he’s never going to be more than a .330 or so .OBP guy, but there is some real pop in that, IMHO. If he ever remembers how to catch the ball, Nunez playing SS with a triple slash of .250/.320/.430 would be a tremendously valuable piece given that the cycle has turned back to it being the rare exception that your SS .OPSs .750. I’m pretty sure, though I’d have to double check, that only five regular SSs are slugging over .400 at the moment and of those five, Peralta is just having a nuts year and Aybar is way atypically high. Reyes and Tulo you expect and while he’s allegedly a clubhouse cancer, Yunel Escobar is a hell of a player.

    • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

      Plus more playing time for Eduardo, that can’t be so bad could it???

      #thingssaidaboutcervelliinearly2010

  • CC’s third leg

    ITS NUNEZ TIME!!!!

  • Rob

    This blows, arod has become my favorite Yankee of the non mo variety. In a big spot there is no one on the team that I rather have up. I guess he should just get the surgery now. I bet I have a nightmare that they sign Cody ransom tonight

  • KenC

    80% chance hes not gonna do it -.-
    But if he does. Who knows. Maybe he comes back in 15 days like that guy in St Louis

  • xnyles

    Call. Up. Jesus.

    • KenC

      lmfao i was thinking that too. I heard he can play 3B as well as first

    • The Big City of Dreams

      isn’t he still on the DL?

      • KenC

        7 day dl. he can be activated july 11

        • The Big City of Dreams

          Thanks for clearing that up.

          If that’s the case bring him up here :)

  • Joseph Cecala

    He should play through it hes still hitting the ball well.

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    Surgery now, and then Nunuez at 3rd. For some weird reason, I think Nuney (thanks, John) would fit well at there.

    More reactionary, and we know he has the arm strength.

    Lineup:

    1. Gardner, LF
    2. Jeter, SS
    3. Granderson, CF
    4. Tex, 1B
    5. Cano, 2B
    6. Swisher, RF
    7. Posada, DH
    8. Martin, C
    9. Nunez, 3B

    I’d fully support Jeter 7th, Swish 2nd (bump Posada up to 6th), I just don’t see it happening this season.

    • Rainbow Connection

      I’d rather see:

      1. Gardner, LF
      2. Swisher, RF
      3. Granderson, CF
      4. Tex, 1B
      5. Cano, 2B
      6. Posada, DH
      7. Martin, C
      8. Jeter, SS
      9. Nunez, 3B

      But it won’t happen.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        1. Gardner
        2. Swish
        3. Cano
        4. Grandy
        5. Tex
        6. Posada
        7. Nunez
        8. Martin
        9. Jeter

        Go with it.

        • JMK

          That works for me.

        • Rainbow Connection

          yay

        • Mike c

          Of course discussion about arod’s injury turns into “bat jeter 9th”

          • matt

            Jetes’ day today was well deserved and simply unbelievably awesome, but the fact that he should be hitting 7th or 8th isn’t really even a debate, not on facts anyway. My own preference is probably a little outside the box, I like Swisher leading off, Grandy second. That’s just an awfully potent mix of on base ability, decent to good speed and particularly, power, to face right out the shoot. At this stage of his career, Derek Jeter has exactly none of the qualities you’d like to see from a top of the order hitter. Unimpressive .OBP. Little power, not many games starting off with a bang. Very few pitches seen (which impacts both pitch count and giving guys a pitch or two to take a lot at what the pitcher’s dealing). I suppose he still has decent speed, but not to the extent it should justify him at the top of the lineup. Unless the Jeter today is going to be the Jeter going forward, he is in every sense the definition of an 8 hole hitter. And I say that in full recognition that other than Arod, I consider him the greatest offensive SS I’ve seen.

            And all that being said, not that I take it as gospel, but really you could pick the lineup out of a hat or you can run a multivariate model to choose your lineup and maybe the difference is one win.

            I just happen to like the Swisher/Grandy pop, boom, right out of the gate – that pitcher knows he’s not getting a free get-me-over fb and having that home run quality marginally increases the odds of a first inning jack, scoring the first run, etc. I’m old school Billy Martin on that one, I want to score first, then they’ve got to score two to beat me. Probably has no basis in the math, and I love my math, but I’m not all the way to playing the game on a spreadsheet.

  • 28 this year

    If Chavez stayed healthy, Cashman would look like a freakin genius having a guy that could hit and play defense like Chavez to back up Arod in this situation.

    Maybe this injury has sapped Arod of power. Perhaps the surgery would help him gain that power back.

  • nsalem

    Nunez =E5

    • Mike

      Actually his name is not EDUARDO, but ERROR Núñez, but he changed his name before signing with the Yankees, blame his parents for their ironical sense of humor… it is said that at birth, he had to try 4 times before succeeding in being born; he dropped his milk bottle so often, his mom had to tie it to his hand… man, remind me to never ever again write awful jokes =)

      • Tom O

        His mom told him to throw out the garbage … but he kept missing the can.

        /rimshot

  • Crime Dog

    Joel Sherman just suggested on twitter that if Alex doesn’t get surgery that the Yankees need to move him down in the order more than they need to move Jeter.

    Uh, excuse me?

    • Zack D

      Hilarious

    • KenC

      lmfao. unlike jeter, arod is actually performing well despite the power drop

    • JU

      Sherman is a little weasel and will literally write anything controversial just to keep himself relevant. Next week he will wright an article suggesting Mariano and Robertson switch roles in the pen. And this is coming from a guy who agrees with moving jeter down.

    • MikeD

      Since injurying his knee, I think he’s hitting .350 with nearly a 1.000 OPS. No. He’s still dangerous, even when injured.

  • Bobby two knives

    definitely have the surgery now. All the pieces – minus Chavez – are in place now to make the adjustments on the field and in the lineup. Then he’ll be back stronger for the Aug/Sept run when need him. Have it done tomorrow and he’s back Aug 15th for the last 7 weeks of the season.

    I like Jeter batting 2nd, though I believe he’s it’s another batting challenge to him with Gardy’s uncertainty and insecurity when he’s on first thinking about stealing or hit and run or whatever. Gardy’s got to step up and do something earlier in the count – regardless of whom is at the plate. Too many wasted pitches to hit/run, bunt, steal or whatever.

    I also like Swish battnig 1st or 2nd.

  • boogie down

    Damn it, his sucks. I’m guessing this is the reason for his recent power outage — he can’t properly bear weight on his back leg due to the tear, therefore inhibiting the amount of force and torque he can generate when swinging.

    Pertinent fantasy question: should I make a V-Mart & A-Rod for Kershaw and Michael Young trade? I have Geovany Soto as my other catcher, and would like to add one more front-line starter.

    • JMK

      If you can pull that off, take Kershaw,

  • BigTimeBartolo

    Damn, it would be really nice if we had Chavez back and fully healthy. I think A-Rod should get the surgery ASAP, like tomorrow. That way some of the time he misses includes the all-star break. I don’t mind Nunez filling in for Arod at 3B, but I also think Cashman should look for another 3B bat to trade for, as we don’t know when Chavez will come back.

  • OldYanksFan

    The ‘one month out’ is a minimm, so 5 or 6 weeks (including rehab games) might be more likely. However, if he doesn’t have it now, it could get worse, and he would be useless for the PS, if we make it.

    My bet is the Yankees tell him to have it now. He still has 6 years on his contract.

    • Mike HC

      That is a good point. We need him hitting decent into his 40’s. Might be best to just get it taken care of now regardless of if he can effectively play through it now or not.

    • toad

      How likely is it that it gets worse without immediate surgery? My uninformed guess is “pretty likely,” so it seems best to go ahead with surgery now.

  • Delaware – Ralph

    Have the surgery, nuney can do it for a month and get healthy down the stretch.

    Request for Cashman, can we trade for Kevin Gregg?

  • http://twitter.com/buckfunts buckfunts

    [Write an article about how the Yankees have been winning with a future first ballot hall of fame player on the DL and Nunez filling in as the replacement, whilst extolling the virtues of virile cost-controlled youth, referencing the Yankees habit of doling out generously high salaried (passed-their-prime-years-included) contracts to free agents.]

    [Get hired by ESPN.]

    [First day at the office, receive an ESPY.]

    [Feign surprise.]

    [Just as planned.]

  • Rayfo

    Move Tex to 3rd base and call up Jesus to split 1st/DH duties with Posada.

    • Mojo

      Now THAT’S what I’m talking ’bout! Would LOVE to see that.

    • matt

      Pure fantasy, they’ll never even raise it and probably shouldn’t, but if it should so happen that 2B were easier to fill than 3B, I guarantee you the best third basemen on the Yankees roster is Robbie Cano. Easily has the instincts, range and most certainly the cannon to play there; he just happens to be so incredibly good where he is, particularly in turning DP balls in addition to the range, throwing across his body, etc. Indulge my pure fantasy for a second, but from a purely baseball perspective, if somehow the Yanks and Jose Reyes should become acquainted, I’d love to see what a Cano at 3B, Reyes at SS and moving Jetes over to 2B would look like. Obviously Jetes isn’t moving, but if he were going to, second sort of works for him – he’d go to his better side more often, Tex gets to balls so deep in the whole on what would be Jeter’s immobile side so Jetes could really shade a bit toward 1B if need be. Of course in this scenario, Al DHs, and that time is probably starting to enter folks’ minds, clearly he can still play a fine 3B, but in terms of the wear and tear – and ancillary concerns about potentially, maybe blocking Montero one day I’d have no issue with Al as a primary DH.

      Pure fantasy, but I do think one could rationally argue that from a strictly baseball perspective, it’s doable – not that it’s optimum, but it opens up a happy new home for Reyes without the Captain being banished (and while yeah, I’ve been down on Derek for awhile now, just nothing but love and appreciation today, no one does big moments better, even the trot was perfect, head down, the one definitive hand clap, perfect). What a magical day.

      • The BIG 3

        Actually, in a strict baseball sense I don’t think that’s rational at all. You’re asking for 3 IF positions to be manned by new defenders. I do like your Cano to 3rd idea though. I’d say that’s going to happen anyway, so why not now?

  • Andrew

    Mike A.-

    I was looking at the Cubs’ Depth Chart and saw that they have 3 lefties in their bullpen: Sean Marshall, John Grabow, and James Russell. It’s clear that Marshall is the most appealing option out of the three…but supposedly the Cubs aren’t looking to include him in a trade. Do you see this possibly changing?

    Maybe, if A-Rod gets season-ending surgery, they can swing a deal that includes Aramis Ramirez & Sean Marshall (or one of their other lefties).

  • Magrone

    @boogie, do the trade… Michael Young is a hitting machine, and Sandy Koufax, Jr. is in my opinion, one of the best 5 pitchers in baseball, and probably the best lefty. You can’t go wrong here, but I think, especially if this is a keeper league, Kershaw going forward is better than AROD. Victor for Young is a wash really, but with the way the ball flies out of Arlington and the depth of Comerica, you could actually see HR increase with Young over Martinez.

    This is coming from a guy who has AROD on his team. Honestly, I will be surprised if he isn’t starting this afternoon. Plays out the weekend, and takes the All-Star break to either get the surgery or decide not to have it. I don’t think he will… Sucks for Yanks either way, but when you look at AROD from a fantasy perspective, you count on the guy putting up 30+ bombs and that just isn’t going to happen on a bum knee. Luckily, Granderson has found this surge of power…
    Lineup if AROD is out as follows:

    Gardner
    Jeter
    Cano
    Teixeira
    Granderson
    Swisher
    Martin
    Posada
    Nunez

    The best hitter should bat third, and I have been screaming for Cano to bat third for years now. Tex is not the guy I want being protected, he is the one I want protecting. That’s my 2 cents.

  • Mike HC

    Smart move to leave it up to ARod. If it is not too painful, I would prefer he play through it and get surgery in the off season. But, like you said, if he is going to be at like 50% or 70% or so, no brainer to get the surgery. It is all about the amount of pain he is in.

  • Andrew j.

    I played ball with a miniscus tear. it can be done just wrap the knee well for added support. then again, I was no arod nor dwayne wade. nor ramiro pena!

  • Pat D

    I can haz good newz?

  • Brandon

    I hope he gets the surgery and hope he gets it monday at the latest. Some of the recovery time during the all star break, so he misses less games, we get him 100% healthy and hes back early august just in time for the stretch run. Call up JoVa or Laird, and bring in a utility guy so we dont have to deal with the awfulness that is ramiro pena. Better for the Yankees and better fot Alex, IMO. 2 months of 100% A-Rod >>>>>>>> 3 months of 40-75% A-Rod. Yeah I dont think hes even 50% right now with that shoulder.

  • Brandon

    Now if we would have known about this at Wrigley and he got the surgery then, we would have been talking about Alex returning in a week or 2 right now.

    • Craig

      But we would’ve also been talking about Pena AND Nunez playing EVERY day….no thanks.

  • Grit for Brains

    I wonder when they knew the surgery might be the most sensible option…seems like he could of been almost back by now.

  • David, Jr.

    Torn meniscus doesn’t amount to much. Have it now. Nuney will be fine at 3rd.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    yes, have the surgery now…in some cases, the recovery time is a lot less than expected…a month will go by quickly and I’d rather him miss time now than be hobbled for the rest of the year.

  • Joe R

    I csn see it now. In the media. If Alex gets the surgery they call him weak and if he plays through they call him selfish. That hes hurting the team. This should be fun.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Surgery now!!!! It will worsen if not and who knows what will happen to his knee then?

    • Mike c

      Not necessarily

      • Monteroisdinero

        For sure it ain’t getting better and throw in some lateral movement, pushing off for power at the plate, a few slides.

        My money is on it getting worse.

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    If he has the surgery, that all but pretty much ends his streak of 30hr/100rbi. He might not like that.

    • Tom Swift

      As it is, he doesn’t have much power, so I don’t know if he keeps the streak alive if he punts on the surgery. That streak is nice, but getting healthy for the last 2 months and the playoffs is better. I hope he opts for the surgery right now.

    • MikeD

      It’s going to come to an end eventually. Better to have him healthy for the stretch. Plus, who knows, if he can make it back in under 30 days, which might be possible, it might set him up for a strong finish. He might reach 30 HRs, although don’t see anyway of getting to 100 RBIs. No matter. Get him healthy.

  • dennis

    get the opinion of that Canadian doctor he makes athletes(and tiger woods) heal fast.

  • MikeD

    When you say the Yankees are recommending surgery, I’m assuming you mean *immediately* and not after the season, yes?

  • Rookie

    Have the surgery now?! That would be crazy!

    Why not do it the normal Yankee way? — be a man, play through it and contribute less than usual, damage it further, and be out much longer.

    And surely nobody could ever have guessed that anything was wrong with ARod and caught it when the injury was more minor. It’s not like his performance was different or he ran funny or anything….

    • Karl Krawfid

      If he would have got an MRI in Chicago, he could have been back in a week.

      lol

    • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

      It’s not like his performance was different

      Minus the home runs he was hitting like .350 with an excellent OBP and pretty darn good overall SLG, I know it’s your schtick to insult any player over 30 but really

      • http://www.youcantpredictbaseball.com bexarama

        also

        Why not do it the normal Yankee way? — be a man, play through it and contribute less than usual, damage it further, and be out much longer.

        Quite frankly that’s the “Red Sox way,” or really more tha “baseball player way”

      • Rookie

        There’s a lot of truth to that, bexarama. But like the old saying attributed to mothers everywhere who want their children not to do stupid things because of peer pressure, “If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you?”

        But again, you’re right. It’s not just the Yankees.

        Then again, it’s the same way with overusing relief pitchers and ratcheting up innings too fast for young pitchers. So why not enjoy a competitive advantage by not joining in the stupidity?

      • Rookie

        If you go back and check my posts, you’ll see that I haven’t “insulted” anyone but Jeter — which I guess is what you consider calling a spade a spade.

        If you go back and check my posts, I think you’ll see that I’ve never “insulted” ARod. I’ve criticized the Yankees for unnecessarily outbidding themselves by something approaching $150 million in total on ARod’s contract when he went crawling back to them after opting out and Cashman said “Bye bye.” And I’ve criticized the team for doing the same with Jeter.

        And I’ve given Jeter a host of what I think are very well reasoned and very well documented acts of hypocrisy that I’m hardly alone in pointing out — among journalists, fans, or on this site.

        If you check my postings, you’ll see that I applauded ARod and said that I was amazed that he was playing as well as he was, but that until he was allowed to heal that I didn’t think his power was likely to return to what most of us think of as his normal level. And until his last 84 at bats, he even surprised me there — hitting four home runs in May and June. But 84 at bats is fully one seventh or more of a season. And no home runs by the player many expect to be the all-time home run leader before he retires, no matter how high his average, tells me that he’s probably toughing it out through an injury.

        If I’m a Red Sox fan, I love that. If I’m a Red Sox fan, I want him to play through that injury until his leg falls off and he ends his career prematurely. If I’m a Red Sox fan, I love it when the Yankees overpay ARod and Jeter. If I’m a Yankee fan, I don’t.

        If you consider that to be “insulting” older players or not being a Yankee fan, so be it. I think there’s such a thing as a thinking fan. And I’d like to believe that thinking fans can disagree without being disagreeable.

      • Rookie

        Sorry for the double post, but this response was meant to be in reply to the above post, not the one further down:

        If you go back and check my posts, bexarama, you’ll see that I haven’t “insulted” anyone but Jeter — which I guess is what you consider calling a spade a spade.

        If you go back and check my posts, I think you’ll see that I’ve never “insulted” ARod. I’ve criticized the Yankees for unnecessarily outbidding themselves by something approaching $150 million in total on ARod’s contract when he went crawling back to them after opting out and Cashman said “Bye bye.” And I’ve criticized the team for doing the same with Jeter.

        And I’ve given Jeter a host of what I think are very well reasoned and very well documented acts of hypocrisy that I’m hardly alone in pointing out — among journalists, fans, or on this site.

        If you check my postings, you’ll see that I applauded ARod and said that I was amazed that he was playing as well as he was, but that until he was allowed to heal that I didn’t think his power was likely to return to what most of us think of as his normal level. And until his last 84 at bats, he even surprised me there — hitting four home runs in May and June. But 84 at bats is fully one seventh or more of a season. And no home runs by the player many expect to be the all-time home run leader before he retires, no matter how high his average, tells me that he’s probably toughing it out through an injury.

        If I’m a Red Sox fan, I love that. If I’m a Red Sox fan, I want him to play through that injury until his leg falls off and he ends his career prematurely. If I’m a Red Sox fan, I love it when the Yankees overpay ARod and Jeter. If I’m a Yankee fan, I don’t.

        If you consider that to be “insulting” older players or not being a Yankee fan, so be it. I think there’s such a thing as a thinking fan. And I’d like to believe that thinking fans can disagree without being disagreeable.

      • matt

        Agreed, while I’m not up in arms over the surgery if we’re really talking a straight month (though it’s just foolish to not take advantage of the all star break in regards to scheduling the surgery), if the Al we’ve seen since June 19 is the Al we’ll have going forward this year, this club will be in fine shape. Somewhat interestingly, while Al’s power has inched down, his average and .obp are up significantly vis-a-vis last year, while at the same time, Tex is going through the exact opposite – dude may well hit 50 homeruns, as may Grandy. Plus I’ll bet my left leg that Robbie Cano has at least a sick six week stretch left in him. It’s a different club, Grandy/Cano/Tex are really the key drivers – though having had Nick Swisher join the season does literally a world of good. For me, once Montero is healthy, get him here, have him catch twice a week and DH twice a week and let’s see if he rakes. I love Russell Martin and I’m not nearly at the point of writing him off offensively, but he is starting to enter the “black hole’ conversation. If Montero is ready to rake, that takes a good offense and adds an entirely new element. Al’s still a hell of a player. but his role is evolving – and certainly that’s been made much easier by first Robbie, and now Grandy, showing themselves as MVP type players (I’d always count Tex as an MVP type too, even though he’ll finish 10th like 10 times, no wins). But man, Grandy – sure miss the Austin Jackson posse, though I suppose now it’s the loss of Ian Kennedy that detracts so significantly from our having acquired a guy who could be in MVP discussions for the next five years.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    There goes that jerk A-Rod, trying to steal Jeter’s thunder again.

  • The BIG 3

    I don’t consider myself a pessimist, but:

    Chavez?
    Nunez?
    Back in a month?

    You’re all freaking nuts, and this team is most likely doomed. Wow, I’ve said before that this offense is too reliant on ARod, guess we’ll find out if that’s right or not.

    Also: Obviously ARod knows best, but if he can play at anywhere near the level he has for the past month, he best stay put and have the surgery later. I’ve read nothing that suggests playing through it will make the surgery more complicated, so either he can or he can’t, but right now he sure as shit can. Saving him for playoff baseball that will not happen if he’s out is ridiculous. The object is to get in, get lucky and win.

    • http://twitter.com/yanksnats4ever Alex C.

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  • AC

    I say get the surgery now. His power n stroke are suffering as we can see right now as a result of this injury. Get it taken care of. Rather have Alex a 100% for August n Sept