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Alex Rodriguez ran the bases Saturday in Tampa for the first time since his January hip surgery

Jun 16, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez moved his rehab from New York to the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Florida last month and has slowly been introducing different baseball-related activities into his workout plan. Saturday saw probably the biggest step yet.

According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, A-Rod ran the bases “at 75-percent effort” for the first time since undergoing surgery on his hip in mid-January. Rodriguez, who has been taking regular batting practice for the past few weeks, reported no physical issues during or after the base-running.

If everything continues to go according to plan and the Biogenesis stuff doesn’t result in a suspension, the veteran third baseman should be back on the Yankees’ active roster shortly after the All-Star break (with Derek Jeter soon to follow). Yankees third basemen have hit .252/.301/.346 this season. A-Rod, who is obviously on a steep career decline, still managed a decent .272/.353/.430 batting line in 2012.

  1. norvturnersneck - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Enjoy the half-hearted effort Yankees fans. He’ll rot on your roster for several more seasons too.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      thanks for the good wishes, he’s with us ny’ers, ride or die mf’er!

    • southofheaven81 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      Okay, which is it, he gives a half-hearted effort, or he’s a dirty cheater? Cause if he was really not trying he wouldn’t bother to cheat!

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        ON AND ON, SOUTH OF HEAVEN.

        RIP, Jeff Hanneman.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        Aces, whoever thumbed you down deserves a decade of aggression.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      A-Rod’s been accused of many things, but half-hearted effort has never been one of them.

    • aiede - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      I hope he comes back for the Yankees and helps them to an AL East title.

      If he doesn’t, how will we get to watch him strike out to close out a series loss to the Tigers in the playoffs again?

  2. cackalackyank - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Well I know I’m in the minority here, but I will take a self centered, half-hearted effort from a “cheater” over anything I have seen so far on the left side of the infield this year. 50% of a 37 year old A-rod is not going to be any worse than what we are seeing now. And you never know… he might just get mad and decide he has something to prove like he did in ’09.

  3. historiophiliac - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Doom.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      The thing that killed Superman?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        You think A-Rod is Superman?

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        He thinks he’s a centaur, so who’s to say?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Oh, so you think he’s humble too.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        That word, humble, what does it mean? I’m unfamiliar.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        People tell me there are those who like to act like they aren’t all that. I think they probably just aren’t all that — but I’m just guessing there myself.

  4. insidefastball - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    All these updates on his rehab could be meaningless if MLB opts to suspend him for 100 games. I don’t think Selig has any intention of allowing him to play this season.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      You do realize Selig doesn’t have unilateral authority on that, right?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        Some people on here seem to think Selig is all-powerful. It’s too funny.

      • johnchesterny - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Just like Judge Landis didn’t have unilateral authority to ban ‘Shoeless’ Joe and Co.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Well, in that case, Shoeless Joe had a lousy union rep.

        /s

      • Kevin S. - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Yes, the balance of power between the players, their union and ownership is exactly the same as it was in 1920.

      • johnchesterny - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        http://www.bizofbaseball.com/docs/MLConsititutionJune2005Update.pdf

        So, I can just ignore Section 3 of this document?

      • johnchesterny - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        …under Article II?

      • Kevin S. - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:13 PM

        Are you that stupid, or are you being deliberately obtuse? If that section actually meant what you seem to think it means, do you really think that Ryan Braun wouldn’t have been suspended? Selig’s powers are checked by the union and third-party arbitrators.

      • badintent - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:52 PM

        @Kevin S
        I got that great picture of the Warden asking Tim ,”are you calling me obtuse ?”
        fire up the popcorn ! it’s movie night !

      • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        Pssst. Maybe he didn’t read down to Section 5.

  5. turdfurgerson68 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Only 100 million+ to go on his contract….hahahahahahaha!

  6. mackypinky - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Does anybody even care about this joker anymore? I mean really care?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Yes, because he’s still an above average player when he’s on the field, and he’s far better than the dreck the Yankees have been putting out recently.

      • cackalackyank - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        PRECISELY. Pretty darn certain that if Cashman put it out there that the NYY were willing to eat @ 70% of the salary he would have at least 6 GM’s on the phone the next day.

  7. junglerat524 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    I ate a steak tonight. It was really good.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      Old Gator can give you tips on how to grill it up nicely and suggestions on sides to pair it with. I’m sure he’d be glad to help, if you asked.

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