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Alex Rodriguez hitless in first rehab game

Sep 1, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez began a minor league rehab assignment last night with High-A Tampa and went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts as the designated hitter. It was his first game action since suffering a fracture in his left hand when he was by a pitch by Mariners’ ace Felix Hernandez on July 24.

Rodriguez must be feeling pretty good, as Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York reports that he’s starting at third base today in his second rehab game. Even better, Yankees manager Joe Girardi thinks it’s possible he could be activated from the disabled list when the team when they begin a three-game series against the Rays on Monday. The Yankees have lost seven out of their last 10 games and are struggling to put runs on the board recently, so that’s a very good thing.

Rodriguez, 37, is hitting .276/.358/.449 with 15 home runs, 44 RBI, 11 stolen bases and an .806 OPS in 94 games played this season.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    I’m sure A-Rod wanted his first rehab game to be the baseball equivalent of the conception of Garp.

    Ah, well.

    • yankeesfanlen - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      yankeesfanlen (talking to empty chair) Leave ARod Alone!

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        Leave the empty chair alone.

      • jolink653 - Sep 2, 2012 at 11:40 AM

        Leave Britney alone!

  2. brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Picking up right where he left off.

  3. aceshigh11 - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Oh, no! Hitless in his FIRST GAME?

    It’s over. OVER, I tell ya.

    Look, I can’t stand the guy either, but is this REALLY a story? One rehab game doesn’t really paint a picture of where the guy is at regarding his health.

  4. cackalackyank - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Oh good he will fit right in…especially since he struck out against A ball pitching. I say bat him right between Curtis “ceiling fan” Granderson, and Rusell “what I have to bat too” Martin. Sorry to say it but there must be beer and fried chicken at the NYY batting cages now. Another spectacular AL east colapse on the way for the second year in a row.

    • deathmonkey41 - Sep 1, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Martin’s approach at the plate is very complicated- he swings at the first pitch no matter where it is or what the situation is…oh wait, maybe it’s not so complicated. Could be why he’s batting under .200…maybe…

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