With Stephen Drew fielding groudners at third base all week and with no designated hitter available for the Yankees during their next two road games against the Washington Nationals, the 39-year old Alex Rodriguez seemed like he was in line for some time off.
However, that all changed in the fourth inning on Sunday’s finale v. the Kansas City Royals when Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was hit in the foot by a 95-mph fastball that eventually sidelined him for the rest of the game.
While X-rays came back negative, there’s still a good chance that Texieria remains day-to-day and out of the Yankees lineup this week, making things very interesting for Mr. Alex Rodriguez.
It was originally planned that A-Rod would never play the field again, only making him available to pinch-hit off the bench in Washington, but with Garrett Jones hitting just .158, it seems as if Alex is the most adequate backup at first base.
The Yankees did try Alex at first base earlier on in the season, and he committed an error while manning the three corner, but he’s also eight for his last 28 at-bats with two home runs and two doubles.
It looks as if Joe Girardi is in the process of making a very interesting decision for tonights ball game. Will he elect to sacrifice a little bit of defense to put his best offensive lineup out there v. the Nationals, or will he play it safe and go defense first?
What do you think Yankee fans? Should the Yankees go with A-Rod at first base over in Washington in order to keep his bat in the lineup, or should they keep him on the bench and limit him to pinch hitting situations?
Keep in mind that Yankees are coming off back-to-back series losses, which puts a little added pressure on Girardi and this decision!
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