American League Championship Series
“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.
“I just say to him, ‘You’re Alex Rodriguez,'” Bryant said. “‘You’re A-Rod. You’re one of the best to ever do it.’ I think sometimes he kind of forgets that and wants to try to do the right thing all the time.”
It’s the second time that A-Rod has been benched this postseason. He’s 3-for-26 in the playoffs so far, and is 0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handers.
“I just have to go out there and pitch, that’s all it boils down to,” Hughes said. “(I can’t) really worry about being down 0-2 or that Verlander is on the mound or that we don’t have our captain. Those sorts of things are going to be wasted energy.”
Jeter reportedly first experienced left ankle issues in early September, and he exacerbated the area with the foul tip in mid-September. He was also said to have injured the same ankle, in a different place, in the last game of the regular season.
An MRI on Derek Jeter’s lower leg did not show extensive ligament damage, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported. However, surgery is “likely” for the iconic shortstop.