Jeter or A-Rod: Who’s Back First?

The Yankees injury hits just keep on coming.  The news today is “The Captain” Derek Jeter has a small crack in the same left ankle that he injured during last season’s playoffs and will now be out until after the All-Star break.  This is the third setback for Jeter as he originally played in Spring Training to be ready for Opening Day and then had a target date of May 1st.

Jeter isn’t the only Yankees superstar on the disabled list until after the All-Star Game.  Alex Rodriguez underwent his 2nd hip surgery in four years in January and his planned rehabbed would have him coming back to the Bronx Bombers lineup after the Mid-season Classic.  Rodriguez’s rehab seems to be going well, at least from the pictures he posted on his Facebook page.

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Look at those bulging biceps, they’re ready to go right now.  Unfortunately for A-Rod, rehabbing might not be his only problem.  He’s under investigation by MLB for his connections to the Biogenesis clinic and Anthony Bosch.  That investigation could result in a suspension for the Yankees third baseman that would push back his return into August or further.  The Yankees need all the help they can get with Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira also out.  That being said, the Bronx Bombers are 8-5 this season with the likes of Travis Hafner, Lyle Overbay, and Vernon Wells playing key roles.  There’s just something that happens when you put on the pinstripes.

The question is simple.  Who makes it’s back into Joe Girardi’s lineup first?  The Captain or A-Rod?

-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)

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