Alex Rodriguez is at camp early. And he’s working out. I’m sure this bothers someone.


It’s A-Rod day down in Tampa. A couple of days before position players are supposed to report. What say we about this?

Alex Rodriguez arrived unexpectedly at the Yankees’ training camp Monday, two days before position players were expected to report . . . Rodriguez’s arrival seem to catch the Yankees by surprise.

Amid rumors earlier Monday that Rodriguez would arrive, General Manager Brian Cashman said that he was trying to confirm whether they were true.

Upon reading that I am convinced that we are less than 24 hours from a column excoriating Rodriguez for actually showing up to camp early.


I’m curious about what “memo” that would be given there’s a pretty darn good chance that Rodriguez will back up Chase Headley at third base a couple of times this season and/or possibly cover first base in the event of a Mark Teixeira injury. Do teams routinely tell players not to work out at defensive positions they will likely play, at least a little, during the season? And will almost certainly play several times during spring training?

Or is this just an example of someone trying to make something that is pretty darn innocuous into a controversy?

Brian Anderson suffers hand fracture on a hit-by-pitch

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Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.

It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.