The circus that is the Alex Rodriguez will be making its major league debut on Monday night in Chicago. Reports are that Rodriguez will be suspended under the PED portion of the CBA and be suspended for the rest of this season and the 2014 season. Rodriguez will appeal and be eligible to play while it’s under appeal.
Now why should he replace Jeter? Well, Jeter has a grade one strain of his right calf. While it’s not clear if they are going to DL Jeter, with Rodriguez coming back off the DL (and while he’s actually able to play) they are going to need to clear a roster spot.
Jeter has come back to play and gotten re-injured for the second time this season. It may be in his best interest to just shut it down for the rest of the season. The Yankees are now 9.5 games out of the division and four games out of a wild card birth for the play-in game.
Jeter has a $9.5 million player option for next season. He could do himself a favor by trying to get right for next year. Jeter is not that kind of person though.
For Rodriguez, his return is going to be a circus and it will be interesting how he handles himself. It will also be interesting to see how his teammates, like Jeter, handle his return, however long it may be.
For the Yankees, it will be another example of one step forward and two steps back health wise. The Yankees shouldn’t mess around with Jeter though, and they should just put him on the DL tomorrow.