Girardi unsure if Alex Rodriguez will play against Bartolo Colon

By on August 4, 2016

Joe Girardi has said he’s looked for places to use Alex Rodriguez, studying matchups and sending out the lineup he feels gives the Yankees their best chance to win.

But when asked whether A-Rod would be in Thursday’s lineup against Bartolo Colon — a pitcher Rodriguez has absolutely owned throughout his career — Girardi was non-committal.

“I don’t know,” Girardi said. “I have not gotten that far. I know in the past he’s had a lot of success off him, but I’ll look tomorrow, tonight, when I get home, to see what’s next.”

A-Rod is 23-for-52 (.442) with eight home runs, 20 RBI and an eye-popping 1.525 OPS against Colon. If that isn’t a good enough matchup for Girardi, who would he ever consider starting Rodriguez against?

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“I said that we’re going to use our young kids,” Girardi said. “I’m going to look for spots to get him in, but we’re going to use our young kids.”

Kids won’t be getting the starts everywhere, however. Girardi said Mark Teixeira will continue to see most of the time at first base rather than giving Rob Refsnyder or another youngster a look.

“Tex is going to get his days off because I think his knee requires days off,” Girardi said. “I think he’s swung the bat better lately. Mark adds a lot to our defense when he’s out there, and I think that’s really important, because I don’t think we’re necessarily a team that can give extra outs.”

BACK MAY KO DUDA
Another setback has potentially doomed Lucas Duda’s hopes of a return from injury this season, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said. Duda has been shut down for 30 days with no baseball activities after his back “flared up” again.

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“Maybe if we reach the third round of the playoffs,” Alderson said of Duda’s prospects for playing again this year. “It doesn’t look good.”

MORE RELIEF
The Mets will continue to look for bullpen help, Alderson said, and they even tried to acquire relievers beyond Jon Niese all the way up to last Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

“I suspect we will continue to look, yes,” said Alderson.

YOU’RE OUT
LHP Jacob Lindgren, the Yankees’ second-round pick in 2014, will undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday, likely knocking him out until 2018.

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JOSE ON MEND
Jose Reyes (left oblique strain) is expected to be healthy enough to play when his stint on the disabled list ends on Aug. 13, Alderson said.… RHP Zack Wheeler (recovery from Tommy John surgery) is scheduled to make a rehab start for the Class A St. Lucie Mets on Saturday.

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