Yankees manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that he thought he would have his slugger Alex Rodriguez back by Friday’s game against Toronto, however today Brian Cashman spoke about A-Rod and didn’t seem so optimistic.
“He’s got a Grade I sprain and it’s not going to go away completely this season,” Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com. “It only goes away with time which is not something that’s necessarily in our favor.”
To make the situation sound worse, A-Rod was not nearly as optimistic as Girardi was about when he might get back on the field.
“I don’t want to mislead you guys, but I haven’t touched a bat in five days,” he said. “Maybe (Girardi) is more confident than me. Hopefully, that plan works out.”
There still is a chance that A-Rod could play tomorrow, but he will first have to take batting practice in the morning. Only if he makes it through that feeling good enough to play will he declare himself ready. In other words, a Friday return is certainly no guarantee.
The only good news in all of this is that nobody thinks that A-Rod will need offseason surgery.
The Yankees have done fairly well considering how much time A-Rod has missed this season. In the playoffs that will be a different story. A-Rod at 100 percent is far and above an Eric Chavez/Eduardo Nunez platoon and could mean the difference between a close game or two. Because of this it seems like the Yankees would be much better off giving him as much time as possible before a return.