The Bronx Zoo is a mess in every way. And it is only going to get worse.

Alex Rodriguez rides into U.S. Cellular Field tonight and will be greeted by a team awash in woe.

Ready or not get ready for the distractions Yankees.

The strangeness of the day and the tenseness of the situation became apparent yesterday as the Yankees cleared out of the visiting clubhouse at Petco Park after their dreadful 6-3 loss to the Padres a game where Phil Hughes’ Yankees’ career went over the cliffs of La Jolla.

Mariano Rivera one of the classiest players in the game was asked about the coming of A-Rod and if Rodriguez would help the team if healthy: “Well I mean yeah with all these distractions without that definitely so again we have to see what happens tomorrow. I don’t have to say nothing more. I don’t want to get involved in any of that stuff. You ask me about me I’ll answer any questions. I’m not going [to talk] about anything else.’’

With that he was out the door. Yes the A-Rod circus is just getting started.

In the other corner of the clubhouse a frustrated Derek Jeter had just finished talking about his latest injury a Grade 1 strain to his right calf that will most certainly land him back on the DL. Jeter who has played all of five games said “It’s been terrible. It’s been like a nightmare. The whole season has been a nightmare.’’

The nightmare is just beginning. Welcome back to the Show A-Rod.

A-Rod if he is not banished will be back in the lineup tonight and Jeter will be out. Baseball Irony 101.

“I would say we need him a lot’’ Robinson Cano said of A-Rod. “We don’t have Jeter now.’’

Yes these are desperate Yankees looking for any port in the storm.

This was a day that featured Joe Girardi mentioning injury setbacks besides giving his standard updates from the front on A-Rod. Girardi said he will “pencil’’ A-Rod into tonight’s lineup.