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Alex Rodriguez returns from disabled list as Yankees’ designated hitter

Sep 3, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

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As expected Alex Rodriguez is off the disabled list and in the Yankees’ lineup for this afternoon’s game, batting cleanup and starting at designated hitter against the Rays.

Rodriguez has been out since mid-July with a broken hand and went 0-for-7 with four strikeouts on a brief minor-league rehab assignment at Single-A, so expecting an immediate impact is probably optimistic.

Rodriguez was having the worst season of his career before the injury, but hitting .276 with 15 homers and an .806 OPS in 94 games is still plenty solid production at designated hitter or third base and in the 37-year-old’s absence the Yankees were just 18-18.

  1. thatyankeedude - Sep 3, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Heck if he really has a big presence effect on the Yankees than he is worth the money I don’t care if he goes 0 for 100000 as long as the Yankees start winning I don’t care

    • papalurchdxb - Sep 3, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      ah, the blessed “intangibles” beloved of all coaches everywhere! if the guy’s a winner it’ll rub off on others irrespective of his own tangible production. goodness knows the Yankees need something to spark them.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 3, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        I prefer their skid continue though at least the next 3 games.

  2. foxburgh - Sep 3, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    HE WILL HAVE HIS USUAL NUMBR OF “K” THE GUY IS “OVER THE HILL PERIOD” jUST A WASTE OF MONEY, COULD OF BEEN USED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • kiwicricket - Sep 3, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      I’m curious to know why/how the ‘j’ in ‘jUST’ ended up in small letters?

  3. deathmonkey41 - Sep 3, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Can the Yankees just fire Kevin Long already?

  4. cackalackyank - Sep 3, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Kinda with you Death Monkey…. but on the other hand he didn’t make Tex into Mr. Brittle, etc etc.

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