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The Yankees are going to rest A-Rod down the stretch

Sep 14, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

There was a lot of harrumphing last night as Joe Girardi used the bullpen’s second string in extra innings against the Rays. That harrumphing led to claims this morning that the Yankees really don’t care about the division and are just playing for the wild card.  I kind of doubt that they’re actually planning on that — baseball teams are always trying to win — it just may be that health and fatigue concerns are making such a course the likely one.

Latest example: A-Rod, who was gimpy on the basepaths last night. Buster Olney suspects that this will lead to a lot of days off for him down the stretch. May be the same for Nick Swisher, actually, as he looked practically crippled trying to run out a ground ball.  He’s having an MRI today.

The Yankees aren’t young. And they haven’t been terribly healthy this year. They are still talented, of course, and will likely prove dangerous in the postseason. But only if they can get back into better shape. Doing things like resting the stars and spelling the pen when necessary will help them do that.

And if it forces them to the wild card, well, so be it. And that’s even if the tabloids go crazy.

  1. Buccofan - Sep 14, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    A-Roid wasn’t gimpy last night. It’s just menstrual cramps.

  2. yankeesgameday - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    I hate the be the I told you so armchair quaterback, but really half of my life is spent being the I told you so armchair quaterback for the Yankees so here goes…
    A month ago I was saying that Arod looked like he needed to rest and be healthy not just for this post season but for the long term investment he really is for the Yanks. They signed him not just to win championships, but to fill the seats in the stadium over the next seven years because they fully expect(ed) him to become the all time home run champ. I said the Yanks should have grabbed Brandon Inge or Chone Figgins off of waivers, made one of them the everday Third Baseman and shut Arod down from playing the field for the rest of this season to make him their full time DH.
    It would keep his bat in the lineup while really letting him rest and upgrading the defense and offense at 3rd from Ramiro Pena.
    Arod would have the entire winter to rest and could take back over full time at 3rd next year. Here is the original post:
    http://yankeesgameday.blogspot.com/2010/08/brandon-inge-or-chone-figgins.html

  3. RichardInBigD - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    I think that the Yankees are just cocky enough that they really don’t care who they play in the first round, be it Texas or Minnesota. I’m hoping that attitude comes back to bite them in their pinstriped ass. As a Ranger’s fan, I know that we probably match up better against the Yanks, but there’s skeleton’s in that closet (’96, ’98, ’99) that don’t need to be disturbed. Best record/home field advantage is still too close to call, but it probably gets tossed by the “no LDS within division” rule, anyway.

  4. Pisano - Sep 14, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    I know you’re a Ranger fan , but don’t worry about the Yankees they have gotten real old this year . I hate to say this , but Jeter is finished , he got old overnight . Arod can’t be counted on , Granderson is a joke against left handed pitching , and they have one starter they can count on, that being CC. I don’t see them winning the division , so it looks like the Rays will control the home field .I’m a life long Yankee fan , but I’m also a realist . The Rangers made them look ancient in the three game sweep . The Yankees need a total rebuild , much as you would do th the engine in your car . Good luck to your Rangers they are a team that has to be dealt with .

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