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Alex Rodriguez could begin playing in rehab games Friday

Aug 7, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

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George King III of the New York Post passes along word that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez could be cleared to begin playing in minor league rehab games as early as Friday.

Rodriguez has been sidelined since early July with a torn meniscus in his right knee and is still recovering from the surgical procedure that was required to correct it. But he’s made good progress and has managed to avoid setbacks to this point.

A-Rod ran backward and side-to-side on Saturday at the Yankees’ spring training complex, also taking grounders and participating in live batting practice. He will up the intensity of his workouts with each passing day this week before having a checkup with a knee specialist on Wednesday or Thursday. If everything looks healthy, the probably week-long minor league rehab assignment can officially begin.

Rodriguez, 35, was batting .295/.366/.485 with 13 homers and 52 RBI in 344 plate appearances before the injury. There’s not expected to be any fallout from reports of his participation in high-stakes poker games.

  1. banksatdixie - Aug 7, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Over or under 5.5 rehab games?

  2. jwbiii - Aug 7, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    They tried to make him go to rehab. . .

  3. yankeesgameday - Aug 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Most interesting to me is Arod’s streak of 13 seasons wih at least 30 home runs. If that is meaningful to him do you think he’ll try and go on a tear to hit 17 in six weeks? It’s definitely possible, but highly unlikely to come back from surgery and do that. Although its been said thus operation should help him regain his power.

  4. FC - Aug 7, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    You don’t need speed to hit for power as long as the knee doesn’t sap his strength at the plate. He won’t be stealing much and will likely DH at first, but 17 HRs in 6 weeks is doable. He would need to go on a Tulo-kind of tear though…

    • yankeesgameday - Aug 7, 2011 at 1:41 PM

      The knees were sapping his strength. It is why he had the surgery. He hit almost .300 before the operation, but had zero power. Everyone’s expectations are that he is going to get some pop back. Let’s hope.

      • FC - Aug 7, 2011 at 2:43 PM

        Yeah, that’s what I meant by as long as the knee doesn’t sap this strength at the plate. If the knee is fully healed such that he can hit for full power in the batters box in a DH role they can play it safe and not stress it more by having him play the field or try to to steal.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 7, 2011 at 4:22 PM

      I wouldn’t put it last him. What was it, 2 or 3 years ago when the streak was in jeopardy and he hit 2HR with 6RBI in the last game of the season to reach exactly 30/100. A motivated ARod is still a force to be reckoned with.

      Hopefully he is fresh and health for the playoffs after this little breather.

    • yankeesgameday - Aug 7, 2011 at 6:27 PM

      To your last comment, I think you are right. The best thing for the Yanks would be to leave Chavez and his great defense and bat at 3rd and let Arod DH for the rest of this year. That would really elevate the offense and keep posada out of things.

  5. zidanevalor - Aug 7, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Would he be playing for the Triple A Yankees in Syracuse that night? If so, I’ll have to get tickets.

  6. gmsingh - Aug 7, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Are they talking about rehab poker or baseball games?

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