Via Joel Sherman:
Privately, the Yankees admit they incorrectly handled Alex Rodriguez’s initial quad strain.
He suffered the injury on April 20 in Baltimore and soon after left the team to be with his wife in Miami for the birth of their second child. Because the club was on the road in Cleveland and because Rodriguez has an iron man history, the Yanks allowed Rodriguez to talk his way back into the lineup without an MRI exam on April 25.
Club officials have told The Post they regret that decision. They think it is possible they let an injured player to continue playing, turning a mild strain into a Grade 2 strain and a Disabled List stint.
“We are dying right now without Posada and A-Rod against lefties,” GM Brian Cashman said. “But we have to properly wait out the healing process and not let what is transpiring day to day impact the decision making.”
I have to disagree. If Cano and Giambi were hitting, and, if Ensbreg and Duncan were not busts this season, the Yankees should have been able to weather this small storm of live without Rodriguez and Posada.
No one could have saw this coming with Cano. But, the Giambi/Ensberg/Duncan thing did not come straight out of the blue – - as there were signs that counting on these guys could have been a mistake.
But, of course, it’s much easier to point fingers at injuries than to blame poor roster construction.