Jul
01

A-Rod will begin minor league rehab assignment tomorrow

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Alex Rodriguez will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Low-A Charleston tomorrow, the Yankees announced. He is scheduled to play a minimum of three innings. It’s supposed to rain in Tampa basically all week, which is why he’s being sent out of town.

Because he missed Spring Training, I have to think they’ll use the entire 20-day rehab window. That puts A-Rod on schedule to return just after the All-Star break, assuming no setbacks. That’s not the safest of assumptions, as we’ve learned this year. Still, great news. Even a diminished Alex is the team’s best right-handed hitter by a mile.

Categories : Asides, Injuries

79 Comments»

  1. STFU!? Really!?

    Okay. That’s the last time. I promise.

  2. WFAN Caller says:

    GUYS THE CAVALRY HAS ARRIVED!!!

    I can’t wait to see A-Rod psych himself out before his first at-bat, slip on some rosin, split his pants, and fall face first into the clay as thousands of Derek Jeter’s fingernails come pouring out of his pockets…

    • Chris in Durham says:

      Is that really a Mercury Program / Gus Grissom reference? :)

    • Cuso says:

      You forgot “backing out of the box nodding and pursing his lips every time he takes a meatball strike that he should have swung at, while simultaneously letting the umpire know that he agrees that it was a strike.”

  3. Jim Is Bored says:

    Thank God. I still think David Adams can be a productive ML player, if only as a backup, but he has no business being out there every day right now.

    Get well soon, Alex.

  4. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    WOOOOOOO!

  5. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Only 3 innings, DBJ needs his reps.

  6. RetroRob says:

    Gee, I guess all the tabloid reporters were wrong yet again. Fiction writers, and bad ones at that.

  7. Preston says:

    I’m pretty excited about this. What is a fair expectation for him ROTS, .270/.320/.420? Over/Under

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Fair expectation would be “better than Adams…..unless he gets suspended three days in.”

      • RetroRob says:

        He still might provide more production in three days than Adams has over the past month. Low bar to clear.

        I say this only half seriously, which of course means I also say this half…

        • Manny's BanWagon says:

          I never thought Adams would be the 2nd coming of Mike Schmidt but I never thought he would have been this god awful.

          .239 wOBA, 43 wRC+, -0.1 WAR.

          • RetroRob says:

            I still believe in Adams. His track record is quite strong throughout the minors and his scouting reports all suggest he can hit in the majors. He hasn’t adjusted yet and is pressing. Most Yankee teams could absorb that. Not this one. They need production, some production, any production!

            • Manny's BanWagon says:

              I think Adams may have some value down the road as a back up infielder too.

            • Jim Is Bored says:

              “Most Yankee teams could absorb that. Not this one.”

              Bingo.

              • trr says:

                Adams is small potatoes. What ever happens to him, happens to him. 26 years old and still flailing helplessly at MLB curveballs and off speed stuff.
                If A-rod isn’t a major upgrade over Adams, well, then our season really is over.

  8. Robinson Tilapia says:

    So he’s NOT unleashing some sort of insurance fraud/Ponzi/free Aaron Hernandez kind of plan, because that’s what Wally Matthews told me.

    Have we placed the appropriate physical restraints on Selig as well? Jim?

  9. Oy says:

    Good, good, everything is going according to plan.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/not/a-rods-master-plan/

  10. Bartolo's Colon says:

    I wonder if Arod will tweet the good news himself??

    • Gonzo says:

      Hey guys, anyone know that hottie three rows back of home plate? Oh shoot, gotta go I’m up to bat.

      Sincerely,
      A-Rod’s twitter account

  11. Get Phelps Up says:

    Great news. Even Stuart will have to admit that we need him.

    Also on another note, is anyone else experiencing comments sometimes disappearing after refreshing the page?

  12. bill says:

    Can someone please explain the 20 day rehab window?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Strong glass. Meets Miami hurricane standards, which is the standard for all home windows nowadays. A bit costly, but well worth it if you’re looking for top-notch protection for your home.

      Oh…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      With the written consent of the player and the prior approval of the Commissioner or the Commissioner’s designee, the contract of a Major League player on a Disabled List may be assigned to a Minor League Club for the purpose of injury rehabilitation for a maximum period of 20 days in the case of non-pitchers and 30 days in the case of pitchers.

      Basically, a position player can have up to a max 20-day minor league rehab assignment, unless there is a re-injury.

  13. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Good news, god knows we need him.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Dude, another screen name with a quick expiration date.

      Why not pick something timeless and classic, something like “Pat D.”

      • Get Phelps Up says:

        Hey now, my handle came from an April 2012 meme!

      • HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

        In all honesty I (stupidly) didn’t expect Vern to fall off a cliff like he did. But don’t worry, my hate for Nate is eternal. I think.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Can he be had on a one-year deal next season?

          OMGZ.

          • MannyGeee says:

            THIS. Same feelings we had for Johnny Damon in 2003.

          • HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

            I’d signup for that based solely on the fact that he wouldn’t be able to play us any more. That, or he goes to the NL.

            Although I think the internet explodes if the Yanks sign anymore “aging” veterans.

            • HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

              Meh, I just checked, he’s actually not that old. Maybe it will happen.

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

                I had no idea what his contract situation was when I made the joke, but he is a FA at the end of the season.

                I bet that, based on this year alone, he gets more than a year from someone.

      • Pat D says:

        Say what? What’s going on?

  14. NeilT says:

    So, the previews are over and we’re about to get the pre-credits sequence. Got my popcorn, pity it doesn’t come with Cameron Diaz.

  15. W.B. Mason Williams says:

    Problem is, even if Cano and A-Rod go back to back as the 3-4 hitters, they could walk both of them to open an inning and still be reasonably confident that we won’t score, unless Gardner somehow sneaks in there.

    • Cool Lester Smooth says:

      My ideal would be Gardy, Robbie, Alex as our 1, 2, 3 with Pronk batting cleanup.

    • MannyGeee says:

      What are the odds of these two guys getting walked (or pitched around) back to back often enough that it would effect the outcome of a season? There is a significantly higher chance of these two going back to back homers than them both getting pitched around on any given day.

    • phil says:

      That is where they have to add a bat at first base: Kendry Morales or Mike Morse. then they get Granderson back at the end of july…

  16. phil says:

    Just in time for the red sox series after the all star break…Cervilli as well!

  17. Yankee Since 1957 says:

    Not sure I want him back. What if A-Rod comes back and Selig suspends him in August? And we maybe miss out on a 3rd baseman like Young? Sorry, I am hoping he can’t play and retires. I don’t like counting on a guy that lies and cheats every time gets a chance.

    • Jay says:

      I don’t think A-Rod’s potential return would prevent them from trying to get someone like Young. Alex is gonna have to DH a lot anyway and could get hurt again like Tex and Youk. Young could also play 1B vs. lefties

      • Yankee Since 1957 says:

        Good point and you are correct. I guess I just don’t want A-Rod back.

        • Cool Lester Smooth says:

          Honestly, as long as he isn’t Aaron Hernandez, I don’t give a damn about him as a person. I just want a 4th MLB caliber hitter in the lineup.

          • Yankee Since 1957 says:

            Right, he is not AH. He is just an illegal drug user.

            • Manny's BanWagon says:

              and just an all around lying asshole and disgrace to the Yankees uniform.

              I’d prefer he never wear pinstripes again either but I highly doubt that’s a realistic option so if he’s gonna play, I’ll root for him to play well.

              • Cool Lester Smooth says:

                Beggars can’t be choosers, and the Yanks are nothing if not beggars when it comes to offense right now.

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

                We’re paying him. I want him to play well because we’re paying him.

                If he wants to take his ball and go home, he can do that as well.

                I’m long past this “I’ve followed him since we were both teens in Miami” stuff I usually say on here.

              • WhittakerWalt says:

                ” He is just an illegal drug user.”

                “…and just an all around lying asshole and disgrace to the Yankees uniform.”

                Man, those are some harsh words you guys have for Andy Pettitte.

            • Cool Lester Smooth says:

              My point exactly.

          • LK says:

            I would say they have 4 MLB-caliber hitters right now – Cano, Gardner, Hafner, and Overbay. Overbay’s 90 wRC+ is “MLB-caliber”, it’s just not “starting 1B for a team with designs on a winning record” caliber.

    • trr says:

      With all the appeals and legal manuvering, I don’t think that will be an issue until 2014

  18. forensic says:

    This is awesome. Still trying to decide whether to go to one or two games during the Padres series and this helps the decision a little bit.

  19. mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    Good way to start the month now lets see if they can a fucking win tonight boys.

    COME ON YANKS !!!!!

  20. Chief Wahoo says:

    It will be a zoo here in Charleston tomorrow night.

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