Alex Rodriguez thought he would be back in Pinstripes on Monday. Instead he’ll be spending more time in Tampa as the third baseman suffered a Grade 1 strain of his quadriceps over the weekend and will sit for at least a week before playing again.
A-Rod needs to sit for at least five games before his 20-day rehab window starts back up again. Which means that it is possible that the Yankees don’t have to activate him from the disabled list until August 15. The Yankees are so desperate from production at third base that they’re likely to recall him before that point.
For those Yankees fans that might be happy to see A-Rod spend more time on the DL consider this — the Yankees have essentially gotten no production at all from their third basemen this season. In July alone, Yankees third baseman have hit .200/.250/.244 and their .226 wOBA is 29th out of 30 teams in MLB. That’s basically a black hole in the lineup which, even at 50 percent of his typical production, A-Rod would significantly improve.
Jeter hasn’t begun running or really any baseball activities since his latest setback. He was in the batting cage, not swinging, but tracking pitches on Sunday. Although he said that he expects to take full batting practice on Monday.
Joe Girardi didn’t sound too optimistic that Jeter would return by Saturday. ”I guess anything is possible. I guess the biggest hurdle that he would have to clear is running. I wouldn’t rule it out. I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent sure he will be able to come back [Saturday],” he told Marchand.
• Brian Cashman reiterated that he’s trying to work on a trade, but points out that no big bats have been traded yet and there aren’t even many rumors involving big bats. In other words, don’t expect anything to happen anytime soon.
• The Yankees signed an 18-year-old lefty from Poland named Artur Strzalka, per Matt Eddy. The Yankees are no strangers to signing players from weird places as they signed a Czech pitcher two years ago and a couple of Chinese players in 2007.
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