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Alex Rodriguez “was a little tentative, a little hesitant” in rehab game

Aug 17, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez continued his rehab assignment yesterday at Triple-A, going 1-for-3 with a single, and afterward told Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York that he “was a little tentative, a little hesitant” coming back from July 11 knee surgery.

Rodriguez also played six innings defensively at third base, making one putout, and is scheduled to start there again tonight, with a Thursday return to the Yankees on tap if things go well.

Rodriguez compared his current rehab to coming back from hip surgery in 2009, saying “those last few hurdles are more mental than physical.” However, according to Mazzeo’s recap of the game it sounds like he has some physical issues as well:

Rodriguez botched a pair of foul popups, failing to catch up to one in the fourth, and then overrunning one in the fifth. Both gaffes drew boos from the majority of those in attendance. … After singling in the first, Rodriguez looked tentative as he jogged around first base. He jogged to second after catcher Jesus Montero singled, but was stranded there.

One of the greatest players of all time getting booed while rehabbing knee surgery at Triple-A sounds like one of the saddest things ever, although I suppose that’s become sort of par for the course with Rodriguez.

Mazzeo also notes that he “was sporting a massive ice wrap on his right knee during his postgame press conference with the media” and Rodriguez scoffed at the notion of being close to 100 percent healthy.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    He should take his time coming back. After all, the Yankees are in first place without him.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:44 AM

      Agree. Tampa’s 9.5 games away from being able to knock the Yankees out of the playoffs. Make sure you’re healthy now, Alex. The Yanks need you more for the Rangers, Red Sox, and Phillies/Braves.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:45 AM

        Make that Phillies/Braves/Brewers.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:50 AM

        Make that Phillies 😛

      • Kevin S. - Aug 17, 2011 at 11:10 AM

        Still haven’t learned that anything can happen in a short series, have we?

  2. sdelmonte - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Is A-Rod the Picture of Dorian Gray? All the anger that Yankees fans would normally have for AJ, Girardi, Posada, and anyone else who has a bad day or a bad quote is poured into A-Rod, and everything else stays happy and perfect?

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    A home game for the AAA Yankees no less, though Scranton is in Phillies territory. Perhaps they are slow to forgive…

  4. yournuts - Aug 17, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Welcome home Alex! We missed you, we were able to play some good baseball without you but with you in the lineup we are so much stronger.

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