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Alex Rodriguez has a messed up shoulder

Jun 20, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

Alex Rodriguez

Wallace Mathews of ESPN New York reports that Alex Rodriguez has a shoulder strain that has been hampering his power for a couple of weeks. Joe Girardi and Rodriguez are downplaying it, but his shoulder has been wrapped heavily before and after games, Matthews reports.

It hasn’t hampered his timing or anything — he had a nice series against the Cubs over the weekend and his June OPS is higher than either May or April’s — but he hasn’t homered in his last eight games, so it’s something to keep your eye on. I guess anyway. Not like you can do anything about it.

  1. halladaysbicepts - Jun 20, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    A shot of HGH to that ailing shoulder should remedy the problem for Alex. No worries.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 20, 2011 at 9:52 AM


      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 20, 2011 at 9:57 AM

        Good Morning Len,

        Just stating that it may help Alex’s shoulder. A steriod like HGH, under a doctor’s care, is known to do wonders for ailing muscles and ligaments. If Alex gets some treatment, his shoulder will be better, and his power will come back.

        It’s sort of like Popeye and his spinach.

      • atworkident - Jun 20, 2011 at 10:09 AM

        Really? A-rod is socially awkward d-bag and because of that people take pleasure when bad things happen to him. It’s life. A-Rod can cope… he’s rich with an supermodel girlfriend.

    • throwstrikes - Jun 20, 2011 at 10:09 AM

      “A steriod like HGH”

      There isn’t a steroid like HGH because HGH isn’t a steroid.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM

        Ok. It’s a natural substance excreted by the pituitary gland and not a steriod…all the more reason ailing Alex needs some for his shoulder to recover quicker.

    • bobwsc - Jun 20, 2011 at 12:12 PM

      what about the Bartolo Colon stem-cell option?

  2. throwstrikes - Jun 20, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    “A-rod is socially awkward d-bag and because of that people take pleasure when bad things happen to him.”

    And taking pleasure when bad things happen to someone else isn’t d-bag-gy?

  3. Jonny 5 - Jun 20, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    My shoulder is messed up too. Mine is from hoeing rows between my brussel sprouts and tomatoes and putting in a few new rows of green beans and peas for a second round of early fall veggies. Just had my first yellow squash cooked on the grill with some olive oil and spices. DELICIOUS!

    Oh, A-rod, that’s right. Messed up shoulder? That can be kinda troublesome for a 3rd baseman.

  4. cur68 - Jun 20, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    So is that his right or left shoulder? Makes a difference you know, in how you pitch to him knowing this. A left shoulder and he’ll have hell reaching for anything, esp. high and way. If it’s the right then high and in or low and way; anything where the bat’s weight is wholly supported by the shoulder or where he has to lift his elbows.

    Also, with shoulders the breaking ball should become harder to hit; just having to stay back and wait then being out in front when you make contact, when the shoulders completely hold up the bat. He’ll really feel it then. The anticipation of pain can really mess you up. Ever shot a really big handgun? If you’re not used to the way it bucks in your hand and jams backwards, it’s really hard not to flinch in anticipation on the 2nd shot. Knowing you’re going to jolt a painful joint can be like that. Watch for more held up swings as his shoulder gets worse. He’ll be pulling his hands across his body to protect his shoulder too.

  5. deathmonkey41 - Jun 20, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    He looked to be locked in all through spring training and through the early games of the season and has since slacked off. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that he was hurting. It would explain the drop off.

  6. sdelmonte - Jun 20, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Just another dinged up aging ballplayer. Who probably wishes he weren’t going to be named to the All-Star team. And who will be an albatross in the Bronx in a few years when he’s older, still the highest paid Yankee, and hurting every night. Right now, though? Not a big deal by itself, I think.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM

      You’re probably just about right. But we’ll handle one prima donna at a time, thank you, and I’ll bet ARod does it more gracefully than a certain shortstop, or catcher, for that matter. And he’ll be chasing MLB records, not some silly, inflated team records.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM

        Len, I think you forgot to say something there, buddy.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:02 PM

      He can always decline the invite based on health reasons. Players have backed out for less before.

      • ditto65 - Jun 20, 2011 at 2:32 PM

        Than he will be called out as an uncaring prima donna, unable to spend a little time with the fans that helped get him named to the allstar team in the first place. Nothing but a jerk is what they will say.

        Me? I say get healthy. The Yankes will need you in the post season.

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