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Alex Rodriguez is making “fantastic” progress in his rehab from hip surgery

Jun 20, 2013, 7:23 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP

The last we heard on Alex Rodriguez, he was set to face live pitching for the first time since his January hip surgery. As he continues to ramp up baseball activities, his rehab is apparently going off without a hitch. In fact, he’s receiving rave reviews for his progress.

Here’s the skinny from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman:

Alex Rodriguez’s recent progress is said by people around the Yankees to have been dramatic, with one person calling it “fantastic” and another even speculating A-Rod could possibly begin to play rehab games just after the All-Star break.

There have been dire predictions about A-Rod’s future based on the circumstances of a player in his late 30s undergoing two major hip surgeries and all the rest of his history. But one Yankees person, hearing of his recent progress, marveled Wednesday about Rodriguez.

“He may beat everyone back,” the Yankees person said, meaning all the many other injured Yankees.

Of course, that’s assuming Rodriguez doesn’t receive a suspension for his alleged connection to Biogenesis first.

While many Yankees fans would like to see Rodriguez gone, he suddenly looks like a potential upgrade now that Kevin Youkilis is at risk of missing the rest of the season following back surgery. Entering play tonight, New York’s third baseman were tied for last in the AL in home runs and ranked 23rd in the majors in slugging percentage and 22nd in OPS.

  1. proudlyfrenchcanadian - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Just in time to be suspended…

  2. dondada10 - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    How exactly does the suspension process work? Is it possible that these guys have all been suspended already and are currently appealing?

    • paperlions - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      In theory and in compliance with the CBA, yes….but MLB’s FO is a sieve. If they had been suspended, everyone would know…probably before the players had even been notified.

  3. 13arod - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    proudlyfrenchcanadian have you heard that they might not suspend anybody now because in the rulebook it says that they can’t suspend a player without a failed drug test

    • paperlions - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      No, he hasn’t heard that, because it doesn’t say that.

    • jwbiii - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      Joint Drug Agreement 2012-16
      7. Disclipline
      G. Other Violations
      2. A Player may be subjected to disciplinary action for just cause by the Commissioner for any Player violation of Section 2 [list of prohibited substances] above not referenced in Section 7.A through 7.F [list of penalties for various categories of prohibited substances] above.

      When you’re trying to look like you know what you’re talking about and appear intelligent, and you don’t know what you’re talking about, well. . . you can finish that sentence.

      • paperlions - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:24 AM

        I bet he actually needs help to finish it.

  4. captainloaded - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    In other news, If Alex Rodriguez plays this season…..He is still expected punish pitchers with a .224 batting average.

  5. virusgvr - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Who cares about this guy. Even if he does comeback is there anyone out there that would applaud his actions for anything?

    • jwbiii - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      Last season, Rodriguez was the #3 3B in the AL (Cabrera, Beltre) in rate stats (wRC+. wOBA+), so that’s kind of significant given the hole of suckage the Yankees have been playing at 3B this season, don’t you think?

    • paperlions - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:32 AM

      Well. Let’s see. ARod took some PEDs. That’s bad. He’s an ass, too.

      Miguel Cabrera got into a drunken fight with his wife in 2009 while on a bender during a playoff series. In 2011, he threatened to kill people at a bar and to blow the place up and was later found on the side of the road swigging from a bottle of scotch by police. To sum up, he hit his wife and threatened the lives of people while be completely fucked up and driving, and people still cheer for him, which if fine IMO. Why wouldn’t people still cheer for ARod?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:22 AM

        But but but, triple crown!

      • anxovies - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        And Miggy doesn’t have a painting of himself as a centaur hanging over his bed…… Does he?

      • paperlions - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        Oh jeez, I sure hope not. I picture him in more of a half-man/half-elephant seal scenario. After all, he an elephant seals have similar maximum speed over land.

  6. thevauntedchris - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    This would be much bigger news for the Yankees if the other half of their team wasn’t injured. Still, major upgrade if he is actually healthy for the first time in years. It’s becoming played out to hate on arod.

  7. cocheese000 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    How can A-Rod expect to be productive when he is in his late thirties and can no longer used PEDs? He had to use juice in his late twenties so how will being older, a history of injuries and being unable to cheat affect his performance?

    • jwbiii - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      He won two of his three MVPs after drug testing started, so I have no idea.

    • ctony1216 - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:22 AM

      That’s the great irony: A-Rod never needed PEDs to be great.

      It would be interesting to see how A-Rod performs without all that junk in his system.

  8. thebigtebowski - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Arod makes the clubhouse attendants put toothpaste on his toothbrush and face it a specific way on a specific place next to the sink. He also banged a rotted Madonna. Arod has been juicing since high school. His testes look like pill bugs in the defense position. He should be shipped back to Miami and kept there with all the other cry baby prima Donna pansies….lebron

  9. dirtydrew - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    That’s because he’s juicing. He is a cheater.

  10. historiophiliac - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:34 AM


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  12. kappy32 - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Heyman writing a story on the Yankees? No way!!! I’m surprised he didn’t find a way to interject his Derek Jeter man-crush into the story as he does with every other one he writes.

  13. flickflint - Jun 21, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Yeah because he prolly just shot up

  14. serbingood - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    If he comes back, so be it. Plugging one hole in a colander doesn’t stop the draining of the container. NY needs to have Cervelli, Granderson, Jeter, back too. Tex is an iffy call as his injury may limit his effectiveness all year, unless he bites the bullet and just bats right handed all year. That isn’t a bad idea at all.

    Getting A-rod back might help, but it isn’t the answer to the ills in The Evil Empire.

    I still contend that letting Swisher go was a huge mistake. He could have been at 1st base this year.

  15. vincentbojackson - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Will he be healthy in time to be suspended for the rest of the year?

  16. vincentbojackson - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Serbingood says:
    I still contend that letting Swisher go was a huge mistake. He could have been at 1st base this year.


    Pretty sure the Indians would gladly give him back right about now. The guy’s been lost at the plate most of the season.

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