Alex Rodriguez gets hurt, delaying a comeback the Yankees don’t seem to want
Things worked out quite alright for the Yankees' bottom line this weekend, as it relates to Alex Rodriguez. The team's offense is another matter.
Rodriguez, all but set to join the Yankees on Monday night in Texas, suffered a grade one quad strain over the weekend. As a result, he did not play the field on Saturday for a rehab game, didn't play at all on Sunday, and the Yankees sent Rodriguez to Tampa Monday, not Texas.
And accordingly, the questions about what this means for Rodriguez's playing future have started anew.
The Daily News, which had backed away from the Alex Rodriguez/Yankees/Insurance Scam theory for a few days, brought it back in Monday's editions, reporting that Rodriguez and/or the Yankees can activate a "physically unable to perform" option on their insurance policies and make sure Rodriguez is compensated, regardless of whether he's suspended by Major League Baseball.
"If he can make that case before a suspension becomes official, Daily News’ sources say that insurance policies, either that of the Yankees’ or A-Rod’s personal policy, would allow him to keep all or most of the money he would otherwise lose."
There is no "physically unable to perform list," incidentally. If Rodriguez is suspended while on the disabled list, he's subject to losing his salary. If he voluntarily retires, he doesn't receive his salary. These are the two options. It's not clear how an insurance company would be on the hook for salary lost by suspension in either case.
Still, the Yankees continue to have a very clear imperative to keep him from taking the field, if possible. As reported by ESPN last winter, Rodriguez needs to be on the disabled list for a full season before their insurance policy kicks in. So had Rodriguez played Monday night in Texas, that clock presumably would have reset.
It isn't any wonder that Rodriguez, surprised by the diagnosis, would have considered a second opinion, from someone not employed by an organization that had a financial stake in him being injured, and had been leaking stories designed to discourage him from playing for months.
In the meantime, Rodriguez is now, just like Derek Jeter, an aging vet facing a return from a quad strain. The Yankees need them both, but there's no financial imperative to keeping Jeter off the field.
The Yankees are hoping to get Jeter back this weekend. And they're still hoping for to avoid disaster when it comes to Alex Rodriguez. This weekend's quad injury delayed the reckoning.
Elsewhere in New York sports:
Matt Harvey's interviews and photo shoots, shocker, didn't keep him from absolutely dominating the Phillies.
A 0-0 tie in Toronto Saturday has the team feeling ... meh.