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- Joe Girardi has a fever, and the only prescription is . . . fewer stories/books about Alex Rodriguez:
“I have some issues with it,” Girardi said. “It’s interesting that the book date got moved up now. And I get tired of answering these questions. I don’t understand why someone would write a book like this anyway.”
The book, “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez,” was written by Selena Roberts of Sports Illustrated. It asserts that Rodriguez, the Yankees’ third baseman, used steroids at various times during his career and had human growth hormone in his possession when he played for the Yankees in 2004.
“From the excerpts I have read, I have heard that there are other negative things about his lifestyle,” Girardi said. “I’m a firm believer that what we do off the field is our personal life.”
- A-Rod is going to be under an MLB-authorized microscope:
Major League Baseball is investigating Alex Rodriguez’s statements about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, increasing the pressure on the New York Yankees star ahead of an unflattering biography due out on Monday.
Rodriguez admitted in February to using steroids while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03, but insisted he stopped before he was traded to the Yankees in February 2004. But the Daily News reported on Thursday that Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts’ upcoming book “A-Rod” says he may have used steroids as early as high school and even after he was acquired by New York.
Roberts was contacted by one of MLB’s investigators on Friday but she told him she couldn’t cooperate with its inquiry, according to The New York Times report.
“I said that as a journalist, I cover MLB, and cooperating with them on this would be a conflict of interest, and he said that he understood the position that I am in,” Roberts told the newspaper.
- Nady in red (platelets):
Yankees outfielder Xavier Nady is attempting a cutting-edge medical procedure that could help him return to the team far earlier than expected.
Nady told The Journal News today that he is having platelet-rich plasma injected directly into the area around the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The procedure was successfully used by right-handed reliever Takashi Saito last season. Saito, who is now with the Red Sox, was able to avoid Tommy John Surgery. Like Nady, he had a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament.
Blood drawn from Nady’s body is spun to isolate the platelets, which clot and promote healing of the ligament. The platelets are 10 times more concentrated than normal blood. It is believed Saito and Nady are the only baseball players to have had this procedure done. Hines Ward of the Steelers is another athlete who has had success with the procedure.
- Give Chien-Ming Wang a bum foot, he’ll take a mile of rehab running:
The foot injury that shelved Chien-Ming Wang for much of last season also is responsible for his horrendous start this spring.
The Yankees have said Wang’s problem is weakness in his hip muscles caused by the sprained foot. Saturday, the righthander confirmed that stiffness in his right foot threw off his mechanics as he stumbled through three starts to an 0-3 record with a 34.50 ERA.
Wang said his back “leg came up and I was getting to the front (foot) too quick.” Pitches he was trying to keep down in the strike zone were coming in belt high and hittable as a result. “He can’t push off,” said organizational pitching guru Billy Connors. “That’s where you get your push and your torque. His pitches were up in the zone.”
When the Yankees placed Wang on the 15-day disabled list, they had his injury as weakness in the adductor muscles in the hips. He is working to strengthen them, but both he and Connors clearly think the right foot has been the culprit.
- Damaso Marte hits the 15-day DL with shoulder tendinitis.
- Casey Fossum has been signed to a Triple-A contract.
- The well-traveled Miguel Cairo turns 35 today. The Yankees were just one of his eight stops to date in a now 14-year career. Cairo compiled a line of .269/.319/.370 over 257 games with the Bombers, spanning three seasons.
- Joe Borowski turns 38 today. The hefty relieveri had cups of coffee with the Yanks in ’97 and ’98, before achieving success with the Cubs in 2003. Fun fact: Borowski led the AL in saves (45) in 2007, despite carrying a 5.07 ERA.
- On this date in 1981, Yankees relief pitcher Ron Davis struck out eight consecutive batters in a 4 – 2 victory over the California Angels at Anaheim Stadium, tying an American League record set by Nolan Ryan.