According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, third baseman Alex Rodriguez is not in Sunday’s lineup due to pain behind the right knee.
Yup, he’s getting old. The 34-year-old superstar was lifted from Saturday’s game in the ninth inning for the same reason. It doesn’t sound all that serious and he could return to the lineup Monday. Rodriguez is in a bit of a rut at the plate, batting just .258 this year with a 778 OPS and 15 RBI through 84 at-bats. Ramiro Pena started at third base on Sunday against the White Sox.
Before today, A-Rod had started all of the Yankees’ 22 games. He’s a little over a year removed from hip surgery that limited him to 124 starts last year. The guy hasn’t played more than 140 games since 2007.
Last night we wrote about the rumored deal between the Cardinals and the Athletics for Stephen Piscotty. The deal is now official, with Piscotty going to Oakland for minor leaguers Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.
Something else emerged about the deal today: a big reason why St. Louis traded Piscotty to Oakland as opposed to another team was so that he could be near his mother, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease last May. Piscotty and his family are from Pleasanton, California, about 35 miles from Oakland.
Here’s Cardinals GM John Mozeliak:
This was certainly a baseball trade — Piscotty became expendable for the Cardinals after they acquired Marcell Ozuna yesterday — but it was one which could’ve been made with any team with a couple of red or white chip prospects. That Mozeliak considered Piscotty’s personal situation in making the deal with the A’s is a credit to him and his staff.
The 26-year-old Piscotty hit .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season. He has hit .268 with 38 homers and 163 RBIs in 2+ major league seasons. He agreed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last spring.
As for the prospects in return: Munoz, 22, hit .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs this year for Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. Schrock, 23, batted .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs for Midland, and was a Texas League All-Star.