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Alex Rodriguez activated, batting cleanup in first game back

Aug 21, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez is finally back in action.

According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, the veteran third baseman was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Sunday’s series finale against the Twins. He’s manning the hot corner and batting cleanup in his first big league game since July 7.

A-Rod missed about five weeks while recovering from surgery to repair a slightly torn meniscus in his right knee. The 35-year-old has a .295/.366/.485 batting line with 13 home runs and 52 RBI through 344 plate appearances this season.

Rodriguez went 4-for-11 with a double and a home run during a four-game minor league rehab assignment.

The Yankees optioned left-hander Aaron Laffey to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to clear roster space.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Aug 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    YAY!!!

  2. deathmonkey41 - Aug 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    He can only help. I guess Laffey didn’t impress last night.

  3. FC - Aug 21, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    I still feel Alex should mostly DH till end of the season, ease that knee into action. Nunez can cover third.

  4. jimbo1949 - Aug 21, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Run, Curtis, run!
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    Most exciting play in baseball.

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