A-Rod to begin rehab assignment on Friday

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Williams, Culver, Gamel have big days in SI win

Update (Aug. 11th): Just as a quick update, the Yankees have confirmed that A-Rod will begin his rehab assignment with High-A Tampa on Friday. He’ll be the DH in that game before playing a few innings in the field over the weekend.

Original Post (Aug. 10th): Joe Girardi announced during his pregame press conference that Alex Rodriguez is very likely to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Friday. He’ll serve as the designated hitter, then play the field on Saturday, then who knows after that. A-Rod’s not leaving Florida until he’s ready to be activated, so that means he’ll rehab with High-A Tampa or the Rookie Level GCL Yankees. Eduardo Nunez has been pretty good as the fill-in third baseman, but holy cow will it be nice to have Alex back.

Open Thread: The Postseason Schedule
Williams, Culver, Gamel have big days in SI win
  • Nick

    Any chance with him healthy ::knocks on wood::, he can repeat April??

    • Pat D

      That’s probably more-than-a-best-case scenario.

      • NJ_Andy

        Remember, the only thing the injury did was sap his power. He was still hitting well and getting on base.

        I mean, the hope is still wild optimism–but it’s somewhat reasonable wild optimism!

    • YankeesJunkie

      A-Rod is such a beast that it is extremely possible. Also the fact that he plays well for the last six weeks he could still have 5.5-6 WAR which is beyond ridiculous.

      • Gonzo

        I am not dismissing this fact, but he’s getting a nice bump from his fielding.

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

          So is Dustin Pedroia. But no one’s complaining about that.

          • Gonzo

            I wasn’t complaining.

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

              Ok. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but fielding metrics are sort of flawed.

        • YankeesJunkie

          The fielding has really helped, but he is still has a wRC+ of 135 so his hitting has not been bad either.

          • Gonzo

            The only 3b with a higher wRC+ is Beaver Face Douchilis.

            • Thomas Tu


              Best reworking-of-a-name-into-an-insult ever.

              • JonS

                I agree. Awesome name. Lol

            • Foghorn Leghorn

              Bravo!! i had to read that a few times before I realized who you were referring to. At first glance I thought it was some old ass player from the 1800s!

  • CP

    A-Rod will go on a tear when he gets back and reach 30 HR and 100 RBI for the season. Book it.

    • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

      No chance.

      • Gonzo

        He would need to have Tulo’s September from last year plus extra.

        • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

          yep. He’d need 17 homers and 48 RBI just to get to 30 and 100.

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

            17 homers and 48 RBI in a month and a half? That’s nothing for A-Rod.

          • Owen Two

            ARod hit 14 home runs in April 2007 (http://www.baseball-almanac.com/recbooks/rb_hr3.shtml), so I think 17 is possible, but 48 RBI’s sounds like an awful lot.

            Can you imagine the media circus if he actually got close as the season wound down?

  • J-Rod

    He always seems to somehow reach 30 HR and 100 RBI so I wouldn’t be surprised.

    But it’d be awesome

  • Bronx Byte

    More flexability when A-Rod is back. He can play 3rd base and DH. The same with Chavez. One hits RH and the other LH.
    When a game is in hand, Nunez can come in for late innings at 3rd base or SS. Nunez can pinch run or sometimes pinch hit.

  • Gonzo

    Where do you you think A-Rod is taking the kids?

    • thurdonpaul

      g rated movie ?

      • Gonzo

        I was thinking more in the line of Bern’s Steakhouse followed by Mons Venus.

  • Thomas Tu

    I think 17 HRs and 48RBI is very doable if he can stay healthy/strong and keeping doing what he does best, flick balls 400 feet to oppo field with his wrists.

    • BklynJT

      You talking about Montero or Arod?

      • Avi


      • JonS

        Arod might get bored though…

  • Avi

    What’s the lineup gonna be when Arod gets back? If Cano is batting 6th and Jeter 2nd I might just start breaking stuff around the house.

    • JonS

      Same as before I’d guess. Jeter, Curtis, Tex, Arod, Cano, Swisher, Martin, Gardner.

      • 28 this year

        You forgot Chavez or whoever is DHing.

  • nick

    Gardner will drop down to 9th, lets just all come to terms with it.

    • Chen Meng Wang

      Why not:
      LF Gardner
      SS Jeter
      1B Teix
      3B ARod
      2B Cano
      CF Grandy
      RF Swish
      DH Chavez/Jones/Montero(if he ever gets the call up)
      C Maritn

      if Jesus ever gets called up it would be kind of unfair to stick him in the middle of the line-up right away anyway and expect production, so sticking him 8th puts no pressure on him, and I honestly think this would be the best line up. Granderson hitting 6th kinda sucks, but I don’t think we want Jeter down there anyway, and he definitely wouldn’t like a move sending him down to 7-9.

      • David, Jr.

        I like this. However, the biggest improvement that they could make in the lineup is something that is rarely discussed. That would be to have Cano bat 3rd and Tex bat 5th. This would still have plenty of protection for ARod. Cano would be ideal at 3rd, because he makes contact, which is what you want with somebody like Gardner on base creating havoc in the infield. I could see Cano hitting .325 if they went that way. It won’t happen, because The Binder doesn’t think that way. To him, dropping Tex would be some kind of an insult, like they would be taking his job away or something.