Rod贸n's Struggles Continue as Yankees Fall to Rays

Rod贸n’s Struggles Continue as Yankees Fall to Rays

Carlos Rod贸n’s struggles continued on Wednesday as he surrendered two more homers in the New York Yankees’ 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The AL batting champion, Yandy D铆az, greeted Rod贸n with a first-pitch homer, while Richie Palocios launched a two-run drive off his final offering. Rod贸n’s outing ended after 3+ innings, allowing three runs on five hits.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone acknowledged Rod贸n’s lackluster fastball velocity, but praised his performance between the first and last pitches. Rod贸n’s injury-plagued 2023 season saw him post a 3-8 record with a 6.85 ERA. He is now in the second year of a six-year, $162 million contract.

Rod贸n expressed his frustration with his inability to stay healthy, emphasizing that he is a formidable pitcher when fit. His recent simulated game resulted in four homers allowed to Yankees minor leaguers, while his other spring training start yielded a solo homer.

Alex Verdugo returned to the Yankees lineup after recovering from a bruised leg, but struck out in all three at-bats. Reliever Tommy Kahnle, hampered by a shoulder injury, indicated that he may not be ready for opening day and could start rehab games in the first week of the regular season.

Meanwhile, Shohei Ohtani continued his impressive spring training performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers, going 2 for 2 with a walk against the Chicago White Sox. The Japanese star has recorded seven RBIs in 12 at-bats so far.

Lucas Giolito of the Boston Red Sox will seek a second opinion on his ailing right elbow in Alabama. Manager Alex Cora revealed that Giolito will consult with Dr. Jeffrey R. Dugas to explore treatment options, including surgery.

Cody Bellinger made his spring training debut for the Chicago Cubs, drawing a walk in three plate appearances. Eddie Rosario has agreed to a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals, pending a physical exam.

Brandon Lowe of the Tampa Bay Rays is focused on staying healthy after two injury-marred seasons. Dylan Crews, the Nationals’ No. 2 overall pick, hit his first spring training homer against the Miami Marlins. Adolis Garc铆a homered in his first Cactus League appearance for the Texas Rangers.

Giancarlo Stanton's Tireless Work Ethic Fuels Yankees' Hopes

Giancarlo Stanton’s Tireless Work Ethic Fuels Yankees’ Hopes

Giancarlo Stanton, the New York Yankees’ slugger, is renowned for his dedication to extra work. Despite missing a significant number of games over the past five seasons due to injuries, Stanton remains committed to his rigorous training regimen.

On Tuesday, Stanton spent 90 minutes at Steinbrenner Field engaged in an intense batting practice session against a pitching machine. The session began with teammate DJ LeMahieu for the first 20 minutes, after which Stanton continued solo, taking short breaks to pace around the batting cage or consult with hitting coach James Rowson.

“If I don’t get my work in, then I’m just thinking about it all day,” Stanton explained. “So, there’s no point in being at home just thinking about doing this anyway.”

Stanton’s dedication is evident in his slimmed-down physique. The 34-year-old continues to display his power, hitting opposite-field homers to right field during the final minutes of his batting practice.

“Whatever I need to get it to what I need to feel,” Stanton said.

Since joining the Yankees in 2018, Stanton has not played a full season. Injuries have plagued him, including a strained right biceps and posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee (2019), strained left hamstring (2020), strained left quadriceps (2021), right ankle inflammation and left Achilles tendinitis (2022), and strained left hamstring (2023).

Despite these setbacks, Stanton remains optimistic. Over the past five years, he has hit .233 with 97 homers and 259 RBIs, a slight decline from his first nine seasons, when he averaged .265 with 302 homers and 772 RBIs.

Stanton’s determination and unwavering work ethic are a testament to his commitment to the game. As the Yankees prepare for the upcoming season, Stanton’s presence and leadership will be invaluable.

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