Throughout the offseason Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner all expressed their joy in Alex Rodriguez returning to the team. Today, it was Joe Girardi‘s turn.
At today’s USO event at Yankee Stadium, Girardi told the media he kept in contact with Rodriguez and is looking forward to his return in pinstripes.
“Yeah, I’ve talked to him,” Girardi said. “Stayed in touch. He’s working out, trying to prepare himself to be an everyday player next year. Obviously he’s played 40 games in the last two years, I think. We’re going to have to see where he’s at in Spring Training, but he’s working and he’s trying to get prepared. … I’ve talked about possibly going to visit him, yes, see how he’s doing physically.”
Even though Rodriguez hasn’t played much baseball in the last two seasons, Rodriguez’s workouts aren’t that different from his normal offseason work.
“It’s weights,” Girardi said. “Yeah, he’s doing some (baseball) stuff, (but) we don’t need him to do a whole lot. The normal process is you start throwing in January. There’s no reason to start throwing really early. It’s not going to put him any farther ahead. He’s taken some swings. Right now, it’s physically get your body ready to play 162 games.”
Although Rodriguez is working out, does Joe Girardi expect a different type of Spring Training for him due to the lack of games in the past two seasons?
“You can send him to minor-league games to give him eight, nine at-bats a day; maybe DH him a little bit more. Until we get there, until I see how he’s doing physically and how he’s responding, it’s ..read more