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Alex Rodriguez will not be activated until Friday

Aug 17, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

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According to Bryan Hoch of, Yankees manager Joe Girardi poured some cooling solution Wednesday on the idea that third baseman Alex Rodriguez might be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time for Thursday night’s series-opening game against the Twins.

A-Rod went 4-for-10 with a double and a home run during a successful four-game minor league rehab assignment and has reported no lingering pain or discomfort in his surgically-repaired right knee, but the Yankees want to play it safe and may ease their veteran slugger back into action.

Here’s Girardi, speaking to Hoch and the Yankees’ other beat reporters:

“Our plans right now are still to bring him to Minnesota tomorrow if everything goes OK,” Girardi said. “We may not activate him. We may just have him go through some things for a couple of days, then wait a couple of days to activate him.”

Rodriguez, 35, was batting .295/.366/.485 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI in 344 plate appearances before his knee procedure. The Yankees have been relying on Eduardo Nunez and Eric Chavez at the hot corner.

UPDATE, 10:40PM: According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, Rodriguez told reporters at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre that he will not be playing for the Yankees on Thursday night.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    In other Yankee news, Colon has just given up homers to Gordon and Butler. The Yankees will have to work harder if they want to win tonight.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 18, 2011 at 12:31 AM

      in other bjays news the jays will finish in 4th place again this season and quite frankly nobody cares!!

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2011 at 2:59 AM

        The mighty Yankees could not beat Bruce Chen. Enough said.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 18, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    the mighty bjays used to get 3rd place but now they are not even good enough for that. Once again the truth hurts doesnt it proudly? hahahahahha enjoy your oct vacation AGAIN!

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