Alex Rodriguez is not in tonight’s lineup against the Blue Jays, presumably because his sprained left thumb is still bothering him. Either that, or Joe Girardi is putting way too much stock into Alex being 1-for-15 against tonight’s starter, Dustin McGowan. McGowan’s been on the shelf for the last three years with shoulder trouble, the 1-for-15 is irrelevant.
Anyway, Girardi said earlier in the week that the plan was the give Alex a little extra time of in Seattle with the off day, but that he would do regular fielding drills and some sort of swinging to see how the thumb feels. Apparently it doesn’t feel good enough yet. It’s been six days since A-Rod was supposed to be out “three or four days.” Robinson Cano, meanwhile, is in the lineup after getting hit by that pitch on Wednesday night.