Via the Star Ledger-
Boos were probably not what Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was expecting to hear tonight at PNC Field as he started his scheduled two-game rehabilitation stay with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
He sometimes moved tentatively in the field at third base, and earned some negative feedback from the crowd after he misplayed two pop-ups in foul ground along the left-field line.
The first miscue came in the fourth inning after he chased the foul ball up the line but allowed it to drop with his back to home plate; he was not charged with an error.
Two innings later, Rodriguez misplayed another foul pop in the same general area after he over ran it and the ball dropped behind him.
Rodriguez moved without his usual fluidity on both plays, and each was followed by a smattering of boos.
The miscues provided a small indication of how Rodriguez’s knee was coming along as he rehabs his way back to join the Yankees since being placed on the disabled list on July 10 with a slightly torn meniscus in his right knee.
Rodriguez played six innings in the field tonight and had a single to right field in three plate appearances.
“I was a little tentative, a little hesitant,” Rodriguez said. “I think that’s something that comes with a little bit more time, a little bit more repetition. It’s only my third game. I had the same experience with my hip in 2009. Those last few hurdles are more mental than physical.”
What I don’t understand here is why Jesus Montero didn’t come to Alex’s defense and tell the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre fans that it’s wrong to boo A-Rod? He should have told them that it’s in the best interests of the team for them to support Rodriguez. Man, he’s a terrible leader for being silent on this matter.