The Yankees thought it was best for Alex Rodriguez to rehab from hip surgery away from the team’s complex in Tampa this spring, but general manager Brian Cashman confirmed this afternoon that he will be with the team on Opening Day on Monday against the Red Sox. Just maybe not in uniform. Or where anybody can see him.
Rodriguez was booed lustily for his poor performance during the postseason and the reception doesn’t figure to be any warmer following his reported ties to PEDs and Biogenesis. While it would be fascinating to watch, it might not be worth the drama to have him out there on what should otherwise be a pretty happy day at the ballpark.
Rodriguez, 37, underwent hip surgery in January and is still aiming to return around midseason. The Yankees owe him $114 million over the next five seasons. He’s making $29 million in 2013, which is more than the entire Astros payroll.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.