If the injury wasn't enough, perhaps the poor performance was. The New York Yankees have faced their share of adversity, but perhaps nothing like the slump Alex Rodriguez went through this past season and this past postseason. The slump was enough for manager Joe Girardi to pinch-hit for Rodriguez in key situations and bench him for the team's final two games. But despite it all, Girardi says he plans to start Rodriguez at third base next season.
According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, Rodriguez will have to prove he is healthy among other things. The aging third baseman has not quite been the same player since admitting PED use. That may or may not be related, and his injuries could certainly play a role in his decline. But for now, Girardi is sticking with him.
"I expect Alex to be our every-day third baseman," Girardi said during his end-of-the-year news conference. "What is he going to have to show me? That he is healthy and ready to go."Rodriguez was hit by a Felix Hernandez fastball in July and suffered a broken left hand. He returned toward the end of the year and was able to help the Yankees into the postseason - even if he still didn't hit well. Once they were in the playoffs, Rodriguez had a Division Series and a Championship Series worth forgetting. He hit a combined .120 in the postseason.