Girardi expects A-Rod to snap out of funk

In his pregame news conference on Tuesday afternoon, prior to the Yankees' series-opener against the Kansas City Royals, manager Joe Girardi was asked about Alex Rodriguez's power numbers (or lack thereof) -- A-Rod has just five home runs on the season, and none since April 23.

"He started off the year driving the ball extremely well, and I don't think any of us had any concerns over his power numbers," Girardi said. "He just hasn't swung the bat very well since that second game in Baltimore [on April 23]. Will he get it back? Yeah, I believe he'll get it back. Will it be today? I don't know if it'll be today."

Rodriguez is currently batting .269 on the season, with five homers and 19 RBIs. But in the past 14 games, he is just 9-for-53 (.169) with no homers and three RBIs.

"I've seen some better swings from him [lately]," Girardi added. "Hopefully the day off [Monday] helped him, just to get away from it. But as I've said, it's what all hitters go through. And they're gonna go through it at certain times during the year, and it's extremely frustrating, but as a manager you've gotta be patient, and understand that guys are gonna come out of it. That's a matter of time, too."

Girardi was also complimentary of Rodriguez's defense at third base this season.

"I think he has moved better at third base this year than I've seen in a couple years," Girardi said. "I think where you really see it is him coming in, and some of the plays that he's made on bunts. ... He's definitely more comfortable and feels better."