Update: A-Rod has Grade I quad strain


7:41pm: The MRI showed a Grade I quad strain, the team announced. A-Rod will not meet the team in Texas and will instead go to Tampa for rest and treatment. The Yankees didn’t give a timetable for his return, but Derek Jeter has a Grade I quad strain and is expected to miss more than 15 days.

12:39pm: Sherman says A-Rod is going for an MRI on the quad, and obviously the results will dictate pretty much everything going forward. Fingers crossed.

12:34pm: Via Joel Sherman: Alex Rodriguez will not play in what was supposed to be his final minor league rehab game with Triple-A Scranton today due to his tight left quad. He will instead receive treatment and meet the team in Texas on Monday. A-Rod then figures to work out for the coaching staff prior to tomorrow’s game against the Rangers, and if all goes well, he’ll be activated either Monday or Tuesday.

“I didn’t think it was that bad. They all know. We called them right before the game and told them we would be DH-ing today and they said, ‘Do whatever you need to do, as long as you get up here,’” said A-Rod to Dan Martin following last night’s rehab game. It doesn’t sound like this quad problem is as significant as Derek Jeter’s, but we have to see how Alex comes through today and tomorrow first. The Yankees definitely need his right-handed bat though; it would really suck if this quad injury delayed his return any further.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Dalek Jeter says:

    Over/under 8 ABs before he gets hurt again?

  2. J says:

    This has the makings of an absolute disaster. Even if A-rod comes back, which he might not, he definitely won’t be at 100%. Lord knows what his production will be like and if he struggles the vitriol towards him will just intensify. Then there’s the possibility he re-injures himself and then compromises his health for next season and beyond. Yuck.

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      He brought the vitriol on himself so whatever he gets he deserves. As a Yankees fan I hope he does well but if given the option, I’d rather see him just go away.

      I agree it’s gonna be ugly if he comes back and picks up where he left off at the ALCS.

  3. Eddard says:

    He can’t be any worse of a DH than Hafner. Bring him along at DH before playing him in the field. He’ll be just fine.

  4. Eddard says:

    And Hafner should be DFA’d to make room for Alex. No sense in having 2 players on the roster that can’t play the field. Hafner is the new Ben Francisco, absolutely useless in every facet of the game.

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      The should really DFA Nunez.

      He’s been worth -0.8 WAR this year compared to Hafner who’s been worth -0.1 WAR.

      • Memes N Themes says:

        And who plays SS?

      • Mike says:

        this dude is hating Nunez or off his rocker. You have Jeter and Arod who can’t play the field! ofcourse you have to release Hafner. What WAR tells you how Hafner has been sucking the last month.

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

          It’s just mocking Eddard’s irrational Nunez love.
          Neal will likely be demoted if/when ARod returns.

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

        heh. Hafner bWAR 0.2, Nunez bWAR -1.1
        WARP – Hafner 0.3, Nunez -0.9

      • Eddard says:

        Nuney was the spark plug yesterday. He’s been injured and is just starting to turn the corner. Hafner’s been DHing all year, not playing a position and not really contributing since April. He’s gotta go.

  5. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Call me crazy. I’m actually hopeful he’s back tomorrow.

    • Jag says:

      I hope he’s back tomorrow too… the crazy part though is hoping he’ll actually be good. The 3 strike outs yesterday at AAA don’t inspire me much. (SSS aside…)

      He wasn’t even doing all that well at the A ball level so yes, I want him back, and hoping he does well… but I have a worry he’ll be brought back and perform just as bad as his replacements and/or re-injure himself. It just seems like that sort of season right now.

      I really really hope I’m wrong though.

    • Pseudoyanks says:

      Esta loco!

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      I eagerly anticipate A-Rod’s return. He’s one of my favorite Yankees ever. It’s a shame so many ungrateful dick fans and obnoxious media rag on him.

      • Betty Lizard says:

        Me too. We like whom we like and I love Alex Rodriguez so I just want to see him play (and mash) again this season.

    • Duh Injuries says:

      You are crazy. Crazy to want a guy to make $28M for 64 games minus ones he doesn’t play.

      Alex Rodriguez will not be as good as David Adams defensively. He will not hit for the power Hafner has hit for or post the OBP Hafner has posted. He will not drive in runs at the pace Overbay has driven them in. Get it out of your thick skull (collective thick skull) that Rodriguez will be even as good as he was last year which was average at best and certainly nowhere close to the $30M he pulled down for it.

      Adams, Hafner, and Overbay are hardly players who strike fear in anyone, so how anyone including you thinks Rodriguez will be better than any of them is beyond me. Stop thinking of 1994-2010 and start thinking 2011-12 and 2013 on its own.

      Rodriguez coming back would be strictly a save face for the Yanks before they offer him a buyout he will accept. He will not be a Yankee next year and if he is this team is officially a joke because he’s a joke of a player: an old, broken down, washed up steroid cheat who can’t play the field, run, or hit who is still playing only for a paycheck (what else?) everyone would see right through it, and don’t be surprised if a Red Sock pr some player out there publicly said A-Rod should hang it up and stop stealing money from the Yankees. Mike Schmidt hung it up after sucking ass through May 1990, Rodriguez should hang it up if he comes back tomorrow and sucks ass for the year. Do you REALLY want even a RETIRED player like Jose Canseco running his mouth about Rodriguez?

      What if Biogenesis grows and grows? You really want that distraction for the Yanks which it will most definitely be? What if A-Rod has to testify next year and miss a game because of it, the Yanks lose that game by a run and miss the postseason by a game. We could argue that as washed up as A-Rod is, he could’ve certainly driven in the tying run in that game he missed as even a washed up player can contribute to a game. So even him being away for a game could hurt the team. A team is always hurt when a player misses a game for anything outside of injury no matter how inconsequential the player is. You’re still a man short for that game as there’s no 26th man on the roster rule for non-injury no-shows and sometimes it comes down to that lost man. Maybe the Yanks lose 3-2 where they had to have their worst hitter off the bench come up to drive in a man on third with one out and he of course strikes out and strands the baserunner. As bad as Rodriguez has been 2011-12 and will be this season if he returns, I’d rather have him come up to bat than someone like Reid Brignac or Alberto Gonzalez.

  6. dkidd says:

    all quads, all the time

    a-quad hopes to join the quad squad

  7. EndlessJose says:

    Just like 2008 when Brian Cashman relied on Joba,Hughes and Kennedy to anchor the rotation,2013 will be the year where Cashman risked his left side of the infield thinking Jeter and Aroid were coming back.

    Cashman went into the season relying on so many injured people and dumpster diving.This is the result. And we are still waiting in JUly for these players.

    • CS Yankee says:

      He thought he would have Jeter, Teix, and Youk to start the season and Arod returning at the break.

      So, actually how could he fail, they have had 8 different SS & 9 different 3B and none of them were Jeter, Arod, or even Musty. Oh, I forgot we could of had Miggy and Hardy for a couple of prospects. Cashman is all fail.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      And we’re still waiting to fall out of contention.

    • Jonathan says:

      Joba started 2008 in the pen. And it took forever to send him down to get stretched out.

  8. Now Batting says:

    Teix, Jeter, A-Rod, Youk, and Nunez all suffered setbacks in their rehab this year. It was Pineda and Gardner last year. I think it’s time to start listening to some different medical opinions.

  9. trr says:

    Temper your expectations, and we’ll get through this.

    • CS Yankee says:

      My expectations were that Tampa would win the division with NY & Teh Bucksters trying to beat the Rangers for the WC.

      I really don’t want to temper those expectations because it is Mo’s last year and I paid bookou for the YES package. Fair enough?

  10. Duh Injuries says:

    It is RIDICULOUS that the Yanks are willing to pay Alex Rodriguez $28M for 64 games minus ones he doesn’t play with him hurt so bad he needs an MRI. ‘Say he comes back for the Texas series and plays only 54 of the final 64 games. That’s a third of the season. WTF do the Yanks expect him to do, magically turn in a through 2007/8/9/10 performance he will not turn in? Or will they settle for a crap 2011 or 2012 job? David Adams hit two homeruns and drove in nine runs in his cup of coffee. The Yanks would be LUCKY to get double that from Rodriguez in the final 64 games and if they did that’s shit. 4 HR and 18 RBI would be great for Adams a rookie but that’s shit for a veteran making $28M on the year.

    Shut Alex Rodriguez the fuck down.

    Put him on the 60-day disabled list on August 1 thus end any chance of him returning this season since the regular season ends on September 29, collect the $28M insurance money, offer him that, half his remaining guaranteed salary ($43M), and his first homerun milestone bonus ($6M) for $77M total to go away ($28M up front, $49M paid in four annual installments of $12.25M a year 2014-17.) I think he’d take it as it’d be a loss of only $9M ($86M guaranteed salary minus $77M) he could easily recoup with a contract for next year with someone. There’s a team out there who’d take a one-year $9M flier on him. Even if he made as little as $6M he’d need to make only $3M to recoup the loss of guaranteed salary from the buyout.

    With a $77M buyout and $9M someone gives Rodriguez for 2014 or 2014-15 if it takes him two years to make that money everyone wins: Rodrirugez still makes $86M through 2017, the Yanks clear $37M ($12.75M for 2014, $8.75M for 2015, $7.75M for 2016, and $7.75M for 2017), and the dramarama is over. Everyone can move on – Rodriguez, the Yankees, MLB.

  11. hear me out bro says:

    I will be very disappointed if this disgraced bum is allowed to step on the field in a Yankee uniform again. The MLB should be pursuing a lifetime ban while the yankees should be pursuing every possible avenue for voiding his contract.

    • The Troll Monger says:

      What evidence do they have, the testimony of an alleged high price drug dealer in exchange for immunity? Yeah, and we should take their words as gospel. Enough already, as far as a suspension, if it happens it happens. I’m sick and tired of hearing about it on every single sports show and they act like A-Rod (and to a lesser extent, Braun) is the only one(s) implicated with such behavior and all of these erroneous reports of voiding contracts or being declared as medically unable to play. It all seems like bullshit until something actually happens; and so far all the time-tables on suspensions being levied and what not have also turned out to all be BS as well, coupled with Cashmans inappropriate behavior this whole thing is a self-inflicted circus.

      As long as he wears the pinstripes I’ll continue to root for him. A-Rod represents the absolute, without a shadow of a doubt, best option at the hot corner right now. And that is sad, but true.

      Get well soon A-Rod and help the NY Railriders win that second wild card!

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      That’s some rude shit you’re saying about the beloved Andy Pettitte. Be nice.

  12. Crime Dog says:

    Someone tell me how the hell a) this team is so snakebitten, and b) this team is 7 games over .500

    This is insanity. If it weren’t the Yankees, we’d hear all about how this team was “persevering” and Cano/Girardi were MVP/MOY candidates.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      It’s true. I look at the lineup and I’m pretty awed that the record is as good as it is. The offense is so utterly pathetic outside of Cano and Gardner. And no disrespect to Gardner, who is obviously a really solid all-around player, but when he’s your second-best offensive threat, you’ve got big problems.

      • Crime Dog says:

        And Lyle Overbay is your 3rd best hitter… It really is interesting. But, the team is also a bore to watch sometimes. So, its also not interesting.

        These injuries are making me sad. Say hello to future Yankee Carlos Pena.

  13. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Shocking news … not.

  14. The Troll Monger says:

    Realistically, how many games can we even expect to see Jeets and A-Rod play this year, if any? This is getting comical.

  15. Eddard says:

    They pushed him too hard. They pushed Jeter too hard twice. Frankie had a set back, too. Nuney had a set back. They just don’t know how to handle injured players, young or old.

    • Betty Lizard says:

      While your body may be occupied by “them” I’m pretty confident that once Alex was playing in rehab games, he controlled his swing, his throws, how fast he ran, how he slid, et al (ooh, pun!).

      In what universe is a player’s every movement under team control?

      Rehab is not a linear progression and it is not predictable to a fine degree of detail. It’s a process.

      • The Troll Monger says:

        True but keeping him in Tampa with numerous weather reports of non-baseball weather looming wasn’t smart, IMO. Then going from not playing to playing 4 or more games in a row after missing five-eights of the season already also seems a bit aggressive, the same can be said for Jeets.

        These guys aren’t in their early to mid-thirties anymore and have had some major surgeries. The time-tables reeked of desperation.

        • Betty Lizard says:

          Points taken.

          But “weather” and “a bit aggressive” just don’t “reek of desperation” in my world.

          Course it’s almost always sunny in Lizard Land.

        • Mac says:

          That the games were rained out doesn’t really tell us anything about how hard he was working on those days. Might have been sitting on his couch or might have been working much harder than he would have in a game.

  16. Betty Lizard says:

    There’s no crying on baseball. Otherwise, WHAAAH!

  17. Bo Knows says:

    Someone call the Winchester Boys, I’m putting a bounty on the witch-doctor that’s cursed this team.

  18. forensic says:

    This really fucking blows. If it was that bad then they shouldn’t have played him last night. That’s just irresponsible.

    We’re going to two games again the Padres in a couple weeks and we were hoping that easily one of my favorite players (A-Rod) and my wife’s favorite player (Jeter) would both be back. Now? Who knows…

    Again, this sucks!

  19. YankeesFan says:

    Is this a trainers issue? I know both are old but it can’t be just a coincidence that both Jeter and A-Rod get into game shape and their legs give out so quickly.

    • Mac says:

      It might not be, but it definitely can be a coincidence. I was say the most likely conspiracy theory would be that they rushed both back too quickly/accelerated their ramp up too quickly.

  20. I think I have a Grade I quad strain, too. I’m calling in sick to work tomorrow.

  21. Duh Injuries says:

    Now the Yankees don’t have to pay $28M for less than two months of baseball unless they’re stupid.

    They should put Rodriguez on the 60-day disabled list after this disabled list stint is over, shut him down for the season, and buy him out unless he (doubtfully) retires since he wants to keep legally and morally stealing money from the Yankees.

    Seriously, if he goes on the 15-day disabled list tomorrow, he’s on it through August 2. ‘Figure he’d need another two weeks of at-bats to be 100% ready to return to be safe, so he joins the Yankees on August 17. What’s the fucking point at that point? $28M for a month and a half of what kind of baseball (hitting) out of him? He’s toast, it’s over, time for him to get lost or retire.

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

      He’s already on the disabled list. The 60-day disabled list.

    • Pat D says:

      Legitimate question: If the rest of us on the site pooled some resources and paid you some money, would you go away and not post again?

      Or at least post something that isn’t crazy trade proposals and “how to save money by cutting ARod” ideas?

    • BFDeal says:

      Repeating the same thing doesn’t make you seem any more sane.

  22. Steinbrenner's Ghost says:

    I’m Shocked! I’m Shocked!

  23. Now Batting says:

    The curse of Gene Monahan.

  24. Stanislaw says:

    Adonis and Ronnier to the rescue!

  25. EndlessJose says:

    So Brian Cashman thought a 38 year old with a bad knee and a 39 year old coming off of ankle surgery would be in the leftside of the diamond at some point.

    • ChrisS says:

      No, silly. That’s why he gave $12 mill to a 34 year old with a bad back. You’re just not smart enough to understand the inner workings of a mad genius!

  26. Derbs says:

    This is just comical at this point.

  27. hear me out bro says:

    Good. I hope they are able to keep him off the field until MLB suspends him.

  28. Gonzo says:

    Daily News is really going hard at this news, huh?

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