• A-Rod To The D.L.

    Posted by on April 30th, 2008 · Comments (3)

    Via the Post

    [Alex] Rodriguez had an MRI and last night the Yankees announced that the test revealed a Grade-2 strain of his right quad. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list, joining Jorge Posada (right shoulder strain) on the shelf.

    It’s unknown whether Rodriguez will be able to return as soon his 15-day DL stint is up. The truth is, it could be longer. His injury is more severe than Derek Jeter’s strained quad earlier this season, which was a Grade-1 level. Jeter’s, though, did not force him to the DL.

    “We’ve just got to make sure we get him right,” GM Brian Cashman said, “so we can get him going again.”

    Rodriguez’s quad forced him to sit out three games last week, but he returned before having to leave Monday’s game in Cleveland when he aggravated it. The Yankees ordered the MRI yesterday.

    When asked if A-Rod made the injury more severe by continuing to play, Cashman replied, “You’d have to ask him in fairness.”

    What kind of answer is that from Cashman?

    In any event, Morgan Ensberg, who has whiffed in 12 of this 43 ABs so far this season – while also posting an OBA of .267 and a SLG% of .302 – is your starting third baseman. If he’s going to hit like that, you might as well play Alberto Gonzalez at third and give him an extended look at big league pitching.

    Comments on A-Rod To The D.L.

    1. April 30th, 2008 | 9:21 am

      I agree. Alberto Gonzalez could definitely use the experience and could get something out of it. Ensberg isn’t going to see any benefit from added play time.

    2. April 30th, 2008 | 10:08 am

      What kind of answer is that from Cashman?

      The kind a guy without a medical degree probably should give, though I would have added “or the medical staff,” but that’s a small point.

      Truth is – he doesn’t know. Neither do you. Neither do I. And in complete honesty – neither does A-Rod.

    3. TurnTwo
      April 30th, 2008 | 10:14 am

      i think Cashman’s answer was related to ARod telling Cash and Girardi he was ready to go, when he actually wasnt 100%… and Cash stickin’ it to ARod a little for lying to the club. its great to see ARod be the anti-pavano, but in the short-term heere, but lying about his injury he’s hurt the team more than helped.

      i agree with Gonzo. Ensberg was brought in to give a little extra pop against LHP, maybe play a little 1B and 3B to spell Giambi/ARod, and give a little punch on the bench… i dont think he should be a full-time option for 3B; doesnt seem like he hits RHP well enough.

      Give Gonzo some time at 3B, let him see the pitching, and evaluate what you’ve got. We all assumed he’d be stuck behind Jeter and not have a chance, but this seems to be the perfect opportunity.

      to this point, it looks like at the minimum, he hasnt been overwhelmed with big league pitching, and maybe with an extended look, he can improve the bottom half of this lineup, and help give Girardi some small ball options to manufacture runs the team hasnt been able to score on a regular basis.

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