Alex Rodriguez sat at a folding table in the middle of the Yankees' clubhouse, watching video of right-hander Johnny Cueto's delivery on a laptop. Turned out, he was doing some really advance scouting.
New York's game against the Cincinnati Reds was postponed on Tuesday evening because of rain and a threat of storms all evening. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader today.
Instead of facing Cueto, Rodriguez got an evening to rest -- a benefit in the short-term for the beat-up Yankees, a tough challenge ahead for today.
"We'll have some guys that are going to have to play a doubleheader [today], but we get Thursday off and we get Monday off," manager Joe Girardi said. "That should help."
It was the second game postponed by rain at Great American Ball Park this season. The Reds have already made up their May 2 washed-out game against Houston. It's the fourth rainout for the Yankees, who still have to make up the other three games.
Both teams stayed on schedule with their starters. New York's Brian Gordon and Cueto were scheduled to face each other on Tuesday, but will go in the makeup game tonight. Freddy Garcia and Mike Leake will start the day game as planned.
Despite a lot of injuries to their rotation and their everyday lineup, the Yankees have won nine of 11 and moved a season-high 13 games over .500. Several players are pulling through injuries, including Rodriguez, who has a sore left shoulder.
Girardi had been planning to give Rodriguez the day off today, before the rainout change things. He'll likely miss one of the doubleheader games, perhaps pinch-hitting in the other.
Since the game is in a National League park, the Yankees won't be able to use a designated hitter.
"It makes it tough to play Alex two games," Girardi said. "I'll have to talk to him. You might DH a guy in the second game that played in the first game, but you can't do that (here). So his DH might in a sense be one pinch-hit appearance."
The Reds have lost three of their last four games. Even though they lead the NL in runs, they've managed only seven in the last four games.