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.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) February 23, 2015
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?