Good morning, Pinstripe Alley readers. The Yankees lost a tough one last night, but in just a few short hours, Bartolo Colon will take the ball with hopes of getting the Yankees back on track. For now, on to your usual morning news.
According to Alex Rodriguez, yesterday was the most reassured he has been since injuring his thumb. The reason? Separation from his top hand and bottom hand, leading to less stress on his ailing injured thumb. Kevin Long figured that the separation, caused by tape on the bat, would diminish A-Rod's power. When he took batting practice, Rodriguez knocked four balls out of the park and came away saying it was the best he's felt in over a month.
Even more encouraging, Girardi added that he expects to play A-Rod at third base today, and possibly Sunday as well.
Francisco Cervelli is still experiencing concussion problems and is expected to see a neurologist early next week. His return to the Bronx is still largely unknown. Since concussion symptoms are extremely unpredictable, Girardi has acknowledged that he needs to prepare as if he will not have Cervelli in time for the playoffs.
Are you listening, Jesus? Keep your gear ready.
- Marc Craig of The Star-Ledger says Curtis Granderson is flush with power, but also with strikeouts.
- Marc Craig also says that Robinson Cano's toughness is on display, again.
- New York Magazine wonders if Jesus Montero and Austin Romine could both make the playoff roster.
- Eric Schultz of Yankee Analysts asks if we'd rather face the Red Sox or the Rays.
- Katie Sharp of ESPN takes a look at some odd stats and notable occurrences in Yankee universe.