The New York Daily News reports that Alex Rodriguez, who skipped two games this weekend in the Yankees series with the Florida Marlins, will be rested at least one game each week for the next month. The plan was suggested by A-Rod’s surgeon, Marc Philippon, but Sports Illustrated’s John Heyman says that GM Brian Cashman made the final call.
C.C. Sabathia left Sunday’s start against the Marlins with soreness in his left biceps. Despite this, Sabathia says he won’t miss a turn in the rotation. During the game, catcher Jorge Posada said the big lefty’s pitches lacked their normal velocity.
Boston’s Daisuke Matsuzaka went on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury (soreness is what is listed), but manager Terry Francona suggests that 15 days may not be enough. Dice-K is 1 – 5 with an 8.23 ERA in eight starts.
Cincinnati shortstop Alex Gonzalez heads to the DL with bone chips in his throwing elbow. Surgery will be required. It’s been a rough couple of years for Gonzalez – minor injuries this season, following a 2008 season that was lost to a compression fracture in his left knee.
Mets Centerfielder Carlos Beltran’s right knee continues to bother him, and so he’s scheduled for an MRI on Monday.
The Cubs placed pitcher Angel Guzman on the DL with a right triceps strain. Kevin Hart gets the call from Iowa. Acquired from Baltimore, Hart has been solid at AAA Iowa, and hopes to have a better run with the Cubs this year than in 2008 when he went 2 – 2 with a 6.51 ERA.
The Red Hot Rox sent pitcher Manny Corpas to the DL with bone spurs in his throwing elbow.
On the Mend?
The Phillies got some good news – Brad Lidge could be activated this week if Lidge’s knee continues to feel solid.
Dodger pitcher Eric Milton heads to a rehab assignment, as does Atlanta’s Greg Norton.
Texas closer Frank Francisco returned to the lineup this weekend.
Finally, Toronto sent struggling Joe Inglett to AAA Las Vegas and recalled Russ Adams, a former starting shortstop who has been playing the outfield and may be a good utility type for the Jays going forward. Adams was a first round pick, had a decent rookie season, but his fielding became problematic and it affected his hitting. His career has actually been going backwards for five years, so this is a good “restart” for Adams, and I’ll be rooting for him.