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UPDATE: Brian Cashman: well, no one asked me a specific question about A-Rod’s hip

Dec 3, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

Cashman presser

UPDATE:  Cashman started the presser by saying that the first the Yankees knew that Rodriguez was having problems was when Joe Girardi pinch hit Raul Ibanez for him in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles.  After the decision was made, Rodriguez told Girardi that his hip was keeping him from “firing” but that did not talk about it being in pain. That night A-Rod was given an MRI and no damage was found.  How much pain he was in was not known until much later.

Cashman is implying that Rodriguez may have been hiding the injury. When pressed about the timing of Rodriguez telling Girardi about his hip, Cashman said “as you recall, he said before the playoffs that he felt better than he has in years.”  It doesn’t sound like he’s singling A-Rod out, though, because he’s noting that players typically hide their injuries.  His example: Michael Pineda last spring.

Also: Classic Cashman: asked about why this is just coming up now, he said “no one asked me a specific question about his hip.”  Rather, he said, he was asked if A-Rod would be used as a DH, or if he was going to start or what. Because, yes, I’m sure Cashman would have loved to have volunteered that information if only someone had given him a chance.

Asked about replacements, Cashman was vague (of course) but he said that the Yankees are not committed to either a part-time player or a full-time player. He said they’d “run everything up the flag pole” to see what works. Which seems pretty sensible.

Cashman says that

2:10 PM: Brian Cashman is going to be here in the media room in Nashville in about 20 minutes for a press conference to, presumably anyway, talk about how A-Rod got all dead and stuff.  I’ll provide the highlights here when it all goes down.

The biggest question I have — which I mentioned this morning — is how, if Rodriguez was as injured as they now say he is back in the playoffs, no one affiliated with the Yankees said anything.  Instead, Rodriguez was allowed to dangle like a pinata all October, with everyone taking a whack.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Ashes to ashes! Dust to dust! If the women don’t get you, then the swivel hips must!

    • dirtyharry1971 - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      ashes to ashes, dust to dust? Sounds like the bluegay slogan every year for the last 20 years! You will be singing the same tune at the end of the 2013 season as well

      • historiophiliac - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        Watch your spelling, pinhead.

      • Sign Ahead - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

        It’s really difficult to take you seriously when you use third-grade epithets like “Bluegays”.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:32 PM

        worry about yourself instead slapper

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        Harry got his shorts in a knot years ago, when after he had just washed his old K car, a flock of Canada Geese flew over it and answered the call of nature. Harry has never been the same after that day.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:11 PM

        never owned a car (4X4 truck ONLY) and the hunters in this area take care of the geese.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

        Did you clean the truck again?

      • jlovenotjlo - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:13 PM

        Shouldn’t you be nailing your sister?

      • protius - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:45 AM

        I think he’s nailing yours.

  2. dawgpoundmember - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Ask Cashman the question! You won’t!

  3. pisano - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Aside from the hip, Arod is basically washed up, he can’t catch up to the fastball anymore, that’s his major problem. It’s time for the Yankees to move on, and another good reason not to give out 10 year contracts.

    • paperlions - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      Isn’t that like saying aside from being hurt, he’s basically unhealthy? There is no evidence that his struggles were not a direct result of his injuries (to both hip and wrist) last year.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      Looks like he caught up to this 96mph fastball off Verlander on 6/3/12 plenty good:

  4. melsh13 - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    5 years and $117 million left on his deal is a lot to pay for a reserve utility infielder.

  5. roverkarlthecannedham - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Frankly, I think they treated Derek Jeter the same way. It is my belief that his ankle was much worse than he was letting on. If team physicians knew anything about it is up for grabs, but I would not be surprised if it was known that he had hairline fractures in a bone. Seeing the way he finally “broke” it, and keeping in mind his limping around on it before hand, leads me to believe that there was far more wrong with his ankle than we were being told. Of course, in typical Derek Jerter fashion he went down, heroically, on the field of play, deftly managing to turn his injury into some very good PR. I wanted to golf clap for him.

    As for Mr. Rodriguez, well I do not believe that anything the front office did or said about him was going to be perceived in a good light. Hating on Alex Rodriguez is pretty much what some people do, and logic be damned.

  6. kkolchak - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Too bad there isn’t some kind of substance he could take that would help him heal faster…

    • natstowngreg - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      There is, but taking it would be against the rules.

      • johngaltx - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:52 PM

        I think it is only against the rules if they catch you.

      • mazblast - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:55 PM

        He’d never take anything illegal AS A YANKEE. It is a venial sin elsewhere, but a mortal sin if one does it once one is permitted to play one’s home games within the sacred confines of The Stadium.

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      Kkolchak: Please know if there there was a thumbsup(+) I would give it to you.
      Well played fine Sir. Well played.

  7. cackalackyank - Dec 3, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    I am just curious, do they hand out waders before these pressers? This reminds of the Iran-Contra hearings. “What did you know and when did you know it?” So if you are keeping score for the run up to the winter meetings NYY now need a catcher, a RF/1B, a 3B and an extra SS and reliever “just in case”…

    • cackalackyank - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      So just to update day one…Two catchers and one of the possible extra relievers are off the board.

  8. serbingood - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Today was step one in having their insurance policy pick up as much of the 2013 salary as possible. Maybe 2014 and beyond as well.

    I would be shocked if the Yankees took on this financial obligation without having some sort of insurance policy to fall back on in situations like this.

  9. serbingood - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    SWISHER’S HOME RUN POWER SHOULD BE LOOKING REALLY GOOD ABOUT NOW! 1 player for two positions. Age 32, good legs, crazed spirit, good team mate, yada, yada, yada…..

    Bring back the Swish..

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