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.
The Mets have reportedly offered their managerial position to Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway, according to multiple reports from the New York Post’s Joel Sherman and the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The three-year deal was accepted and is expected to be finalized today, though the team has yet to make an official announcement.
Callaway, 42, got his start in coaching back in 2010 for the Indians’ Single-A affiliate, where he helped the Lake County Captains to their first Midwest League title. He was promoted to a coaching position in High-A in 2011 and finally advanced to a big league role in 2013, where he helped guide the Indians’ pitching staff through five winning seasons and three postseason runs. Their success serves as a ringing endorsement: they’ve consistently ranked among the top ten rotations in MLB and led the league with a collective 23.1 fWAR and second-best 3.52 ERA in 2017.
The timing couldn’t be better for the Mets, whose cadre of powerhouse pitchers has weathered numerous injuries to Noah Syndergaard (torn right lat muscle), Matt Harvey (stress reaction in right shoulder), Zack Wheeler (stress reaction in right arm) and Steven Matz (ulnar nerve irritation) over the last year. While they’re preparing to take on a manager with no prior managerial experience, it doesn’t look like that’ll be an issue for Callaway.