A-Rod could begin rehab assignment on Friday

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Via George King, Brian Cashman said that Alex Rodriguez could begin a minor league rehab assignment on “the 12th,” which is this coming Friday. A-Rod increased the intensity of his workouts yesterday, running both before and after drills, including side-to-side and backwards. He also took 43 swings in actual batting practice, not just off a tee or soft toss. The number of rehabs games he needs will be determined by how he feels in those games, but based on how these things usually go, three or four games is a fair estimate.

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Cervelli, a pattern emerging?
  • Shuffle Cards for fun

    Kevin Millwood was released so he could pitch batting practice to A-Rod

  • Winston Smith

    Thank God. We need his bat. That will then free up Chavez to DH more against righties and the only weak hitter in our lineup would be Russell Martin hitting 9th. Buster said Montero’s promotion is imminent so he can take over backup catcher and DH vs lefties. Posada’s done.

    • Shuffle Cards for fun

      Here comes an emotional retirement

    • CMP

      Agree 100%.

      Chavez needs to be the DH against righties until he proves he can’t handle the job. The DH spot has been a black hole in the lineup for long enough. Posada has an OPS around .500 since July 1.

  • Pants Lendelton

    Would be a perfect time for a link dump.

  • gc

    “The Yankees are 18-8 since A-Rod went on the disabled list. Clearly, they are better off without him. Bring up Cody Ransom and let him play third.”
    ~ Ian O’Connor

  • Rich in NJ

    With A-Rod at 3B, and Chavez and Montero sharing time at DH, and Montero also getting some time at C, this could be a very, very scary lineup.

    • David, Jr.

      This. How would you even make up a lineup?

      Gardner – LF
      Jeter – SS
      Cano – 2B
      ARod – 3B
      Tex – 1B
      Grandy – CF
      Swisher – RF
      Montero – C
      Chavez – DH

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Has Girardi ever put Teix anywhere but 3rd? No chance of him being moved ever.

        • David, Jr.

          I know. Just personally like him better at 5th. Cano always gets the bat on the ball, which is great behind Gardner and Jeter with lots of baserunners, and Tex and Grandy force the pitcher to pitch to ARod. Agree with you in that The Binder won’t likely change it, just some hopeful conjecturing.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Why would you want Curtis Granderson getting so few at-bats? He’s the best hitter on the team.

        • David, Jr.

          I know. Wrestled over that one. That is what I mean by it being almost impossible to make that lineup. Maybe the same thing with Grandy and Cano switched?

          • Rosco

            I can’t wait to see Montero but there is no way in hell he bats before Chavez.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Off topic, but Buster Olney just claimed on Baseball Tonight that Montero would be called up in the next few days, possibly even today.

    Anyone heard this from a more reliable source?

  • bk

    If Montero can live up to the hype. We are setting up him for failure in terms of meeting expectations. Let’s not jump off a bridge if he doesn’t instantly become his ceiling in the first year

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I’m expecting better than Jorge. With the DH production being 2nd worst in baseball I don’t think my expectations are too high.

    • Rich in NJ

      If the offense struggled, maybe, but that’s unlikely to happen given how strong the rest of the team is.

      • David, Jr.

        Don’t like the logic there. It is really saying “The other guys are doing a great job of making up for him, therefore so what?”

        • Rich in NJ

          That’s not the logic. It’s that young players are often afforded more patience when they don’t have to carry a disproportionate load. It’s not like he won’t hit, but like many young players, there may be a learning curve to surmount.

          • David, Jr.

            I agree. I misunderstood what you were saying.

    • CMP

      Only god know’s why Cashman has been so resistant to bringing up Montero.

      To paraphrase Keith Law, plug him in as DH and let him rake for the next decade. I’d try to play him 50-60 games as catcher too even if he does suck behind the dish..

  • Nuke LaDoosh

    You mean the Yankees are playing this Boston series without their cleanup hitter and offensive force in the lineup? Could you imagine if AGon (or Papi, or even Puke) were out how many times we’d be hearing about it from the MSM “the Sox are really overplaying as a team here to compensate for the loss of their best hitter, blah blah blah ew, i just threw up a little bit in my mouth.)

  • Granderslam

    What will the corresponding move for Montero be? Cervelli gets sent down?

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Probably Noesi if I had to guess.

  • Winston Smith

    Chavez the DH tonight, Nuney at 3rd. That’s really our best option right now against right handers. Against lefties, Jones DH, Nuney at 3rd. Come back soon, A-Rod. Come soon, Jesus.

  • Jimmy

    does anyone know what time/ what field they have a-rod rehabbing in tampa?