Some folks didn’t get the “Ostracize A-Rod” memo!

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A-Rod: doing good deeds, having his praises sung by a notable Yankees figure and soon to meet with an eager Yankees brass!

Hmm. That certainly doesn’t jibe with the narrative. Nor does this, from John Sterling, the Yankees announcer:

“We talked right after the fire. Alex felt terrible about it,” Sterling told me over the telephone. “He offered me his place in Manhattan to stay in when this happened. I guess he was in Florida.”

Sterling, while realistic about the chances for A-Rod to contribute as a player has nothing but good things to say about him. But, this being a story in the Daily News, it is important that the author immediately note that A-Rod is, indeed, hated:

“I’m rooting for Alex,” Sterling said emphatically. “He’s a friend.”

Having absolutely no knowledge of how each member of the Yankees organization feels about Rodriguez, it’s a safe bet they are not on the same page as Sterling. A-Rod does not have many allies.

The very next paragraph explains how the team’s manager, Joe Girardi, is an A-Rod ally. And then the stuff above from Cashman. And earlier in the week Yankees reliever Dellin Betances talked about liking A-Rod and looking forward to seeing him in camp. And there have been a lot of stories about his good relationship with Latin players in pinstripes over the years.

None of which makes A-Rod a great guy. The fact about him are the facts. But it’s almost as if the extent to which he is a monster no one likes has been overblown by the press. Shocking, I know.

Carlos Martinez was hospitalized for respiratory problems over the weekend

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Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.

Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.

Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.