Alex Rodriguez ran the bases Saturday in Tampa for the first time since his January hip surgery

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Alex Rodriguez moved his rehab from New York to the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Florida last month and has slowly been introducing different baseball-related activities into his workout plan. Saturday saw probably the biggest step yet.

According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, A-Rod ran the bases “at 75-percent effort” for the first time since undergoing surgery on his hip in mid-January. Rodriguez, who has been taking regular batting practice for the past few weeks, reported no physical issues during or after the base-running.

If everything continues to go according to plan and the Biogenesis stuff doesn’t result in a suspension, the veteran third baseman should be back on the Yankees’ active roster shortly after the All-Star break (with Derek Jeter soon to follow). Yankees third basemen have hit .252/.301/.346 this season. A-Rod, who is obviously on a steep career decline, still managed a decent .272/.353/.430 batting line in 2012.

We now have photographic proof that Tom Ricketts and Ted Cruz are different people

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A lot of people think they have a double walking around someplace on Earth. They may actually be right. We have an example of this in baseball and politics.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts looks a lot like Texas senator Ted Cruz. Or, since Ricketts is older, I guess Cruz looks like Ricketts. Either way, they could play brothers if someone put on, like, the worst ever production of some play about brothers.

If you’re not familiar with one or both of those guys, take a gander at the photo that was taken of the two of them in Washington this morning as the Cubs made the rounds with their World Series trophy:

If they put those rings together, Tom can turn into any animal and Ted can turn into anything made out of water. True story.

 

Anthony Rizzo calls out Miguel Montero for calling out Jake Arreita

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The morning we posted about Miguel Montero calling out his pitcher, Jake Arrieta, for allowing the Nationals to steal seven bases last night. Our view, of course, was that (a) it wasn’t all Arrieta’s fault; and (b) even if it was, publicly calling out your teammates like that is probably not a great idea and certainly isn’t a good look.

When I saw Montero’s comments I assumed that they would not play well in the Cubs’ clubhouse. I was right about that. Anthony Rizzo appeared on ESPN 1000 in Chicago this morning and had this to say:

Referring to Willson Contreras, of course, who has allowed 31 stolen bases to opponents while behind the dish. Coincidentally, Montero has allowed 31 stolen bases when he has played as well. Contreras has played in 24 more games than Montero, by the way.

I predict that, by around 3pm when the clubhouses open, we’ll see a public apology by Montero.