Monday Afternoon News And Notes: 9/29/14

Still playing catch-up from the weekend and earlier today.  Here's some stuff: - While the results of his final start weren't pretty, it sounds like Masahiro Tanaka wasn't feeling any negative physical effects in his elbow the day after or today.  His health was always the most important takeaway from those last 2 starts.  If he has that for the offseason, that's good news.

- As first reported by Joel Sherman, top prospect Eric Jagielo got hit in the face/head by a pitch in an instructional league game on Saturday.  Via Kiley McDaniel, he did not suffer any serious injuries.  Hopefully this doesn't affect his ability to play in the AZFL.

- Via Brendan Kuty, Ichiro said he plans to keep playing next year, but was unsure if he'd be returning to the Yankees.  He also had this to say about what was happening behind closed doors in the clubhouse:

"Obviously there's a lot of things that go on that the fans and the media can't see, that goes on inside (the club)."

Like I said.  Problems in the clubhouse...

- Last but certainly not least, we've got an A-Rod update.  Via Chad Jennings, A-Rod and Cash spoke last week about offseason workout plans, and Cash confirmed that Rodriguez has passed an insurance physical and has been doing 2-a-day workouts in preparation for his return next year.  His suspension is officially over at the end of the World Series.  Get excited, folks.  As one sun sets, another must rise.  The A-Horse returneth...

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