When it comes to where Alex Rodriguez will fit in after returning to the Yankees, the organization's wait-and-see attitude might now become more weight-and-see.
Reports are circulating that the disgraced slugger has packed on a few pounds during his suspension.
Brian Cashman, who has been busy trimming the fat from the Yankees' payroll and hasn't seen A-Rod in a while, said the 39-year-old third baseman is working to get to his goal weight.
Yankees strength and fitness trainer, Matt Krause, did visit Rodriguez in Miami Wednesday, said Cashman. And the verdict?
“Alex is working hard and continuing to get ready for spring training and moving in the right direction,” the Yankees general manager said.
Cashman wouldn’t say what Rodriguez’s goal weight was. He also wouldn’t say whether A-Rod was heavier or lighter than he should be or how close he was to the weight.
"Alex texted me yesterday," Cashman said. "I said, 'All things good with you,' and he said, 'Yup.'"
But Krause did visit Rodriguez last month to set up a program.
“Matt is doing all the physical assessments, weight and all that stuff, and [Alex], like all our players, has a report weight that we are hopeful that they hit. He’s approaching that, he’s not at the spring training weight that we desire just yet, there is progress,” Cashman said. “He continues to tweak, and Matt continues to tweak his conditioning program. They are building a relationship, they don’t know each other. Matt is not only checking on Alex, he’s seen (catcher Brian) McCann, (left fielder Brett) Gardner, (center fielder Jacoby) Ellsbury, he’s seen all our guys.”
On Tuesday, manager Joe Girardi said he’s seen video tapes of Rodriguez hitting, running and lifting weights and added that A-Rod looked healthy.