American League Championship Series
“I don’t comment on anyone until they speak first,” Jeter said on Monday. “Let him address his situation before I comment on it. Let him speak first and then we’ll talk about that.”
The 38-year-old Yankees captain fielded 55 grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt at shortstop on Monday at the team’s minor league complex. He also hit in a batting cage.
“I think there’s a little bit of a question (if he’ll be ready for Opening Day), but I think he’ll find a way,” Girardi said on Thursday. “That’s who he is.”
The New York Yankees have exercised their $15 million contract options for second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielder Curtis Granderson for next season. They also exercised their option for reliever David Aardsma.
How will Cashman address his aging team? Will he attempt to go younger or will he stick with his older guns? Will he attempt to deal the virtually untradeable A-Rod? Will he re-sign Nick Swisher? As usual, the longtime GM didn’t disclose his plans.
“To get 43 home runs from a center fielder isn’t easy,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “And I don’t think one series erases that.”
“(Rodriguez’s benching) had nothing to do with anything but what I felt was our best opportunity that day,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I just think he was one of our guys that was struggling, like a lot of our other guys.”
“I can’t imagine that,” Anthony said in regard to A-Rod’s situation. “I can’t imagine that. I just feel bad for A-Rod, man. I don’t like to see nobody go through that. It’s tough.”
The Yankees kept their lineup the same as it would have been on Wednesday — with Rodriguez on the bench for the third time in nine postseason games. A-Rod is 3-for-23 with no RBIs in these playoffs.
According to a report, the three-time AL MVP has told close friends that he won’t stand in the way of a trade. It would have to be the right situation, however. The veteran will only accept a trade to a big-market team, the report said.
“He’ll be ready when he’s ready,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “I believe that Dr. Anderson just put in a more conservative time frame on it, as explained to me.”
Derek Jeter had scans on Sunday which confirmed the fracture. He has not accompanied the Yankees in Detroit. His recovery was initially expected to take three months, but that timetable is now longer.
Alex Rodriguez has been benched again by manager Joe Girardi, who also dropped center fielder Curtis Granderson from the starting lineup while trying to avoid elimination on Wednesday.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has denied that such a trade has been discussed, and other sources have said that talks between the Bombers and the Miami Marlins are premature at best.
The Yankees simply have virtually nobody who can hit. Down three games to none after a 2-1 defeat to Detroit, the Yankees are down and out. The fall has been quick and precipitous.
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