When your cleanup hitter comes out of the game for Ramiro Pena, something’s wrong. It wasn’t until the Orioles were on their way to shutting down the Yanks when word finally came that A-Rod’s groin was acting up again.
Or should I say his adductor magnus. Sounds way more dignified. Anyhow, I’m concerned. I don’t want this injury to become, you know, nagging.
And I certainly don’t want it to be related to his hip surgery from last year. We already have Brett Gardner’s thumb to deal with, not to mention that Aceves’s back doesn’t seem to be getting better and Jorge still hasn’t been cleared to catch. (Why even bring up Nick Johnson and his wrist? No point.) It all makes me appreciate how lucky the Yankees were last year, injury wise. Sure, Wang’s loss was a blow, but once A-Rod came back in May the everyday lineup stayed remarkably healthy. Or am I “misremembering,” as someone famously said?
If Tex and Posada were hitting with any consistency, I wouldn’t panic about losing A-Rod for a few days (if, in fact, that’s all the time he’ll need to heal). Cano can’t do all the heavy lifting himself. Neither can Granderson. Speaking of whom, Melissa is an avid reader of Grandy’s blog and pointed out to me that he invites readers to ask him a question by emailing him here: firstname.lastname@example.org
So what should we ask him? If I were going to write to him about tonight’s loss to the O’s, here’s what I’d ask:
* Is it frustrating to watch A.J. hit batters and throw wild pitches?
* Was the O’s starter, Arrieta, really good or the Yanks’ offense kind of bad?
* Do you mind that Swisher seems to have taken the #2 spot instead of you?
* Did you get nervous when Kevin Russo was our only available pinch hitter?
* Were you mad at the third base ump for calling all those checked swings?
* Do you hate to lose as much as the fans do?
* Did you give A-Rod any medical tips for avoiding the DL?
Anybody else have a question for Grandy? He seems so nice I bet he’ll answer us.