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Alex Rodriguez cleared to begin rehab assignment

Jul 1, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP

Alex Rodriguez has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment and the Yankees announced that he’ll see his first game action at Single-A tomorrow, which as Calcaterra just noted is one day before “National Pray For A-Rod Day.”

So, you know, congrats on those prayers being answered ahead of time.

Rodriguez is slated to play at least three innings defensively at third base as he comes back from hip surgery, starting the 20-day clock on his rehab stint. Presumably he won’t be giving many updates on his rehab assignment via Twitter.

Setting aside all the drama that comes with basically anything Rodriguez does at this point, the Yankees could certainly use plenty of lineup help and even a significantly diminished A-Rod would be a huge upgrade considering New York’s third basemen have combined to hit .231 with four homers and a .608 OPS in 81 games.


  1. specialkindofstupid - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Even with all the drama that will surround him, and even though he’s a shell of his former self, the Yanks will surely benefit offensively by having him back.

    And even if they don’t, they’ll at least be more entertaining.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Did you clear this announcement with Cashman first, Aaron? You know how touchy he can be if anyone gloms his medical reports.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Exactly. Gleeman might get a cease-and-desist STFU.

    • Joe - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      I think the STFU goes to the Tweeter, Bryan Hoch.

  3. chacochicken - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Single A? Just more of Arod’s bizarre behavior. Let me guess he is going to DH too…erratic.

    • jayscarpa - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      The Yankees high A team is the Tampa Yankees – just about everyone going through rehab games starts in Tampa. It is where their complex is.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        Arod? A complex? How appropriate.

      • jwbiii - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        Hey, Happy Canada Day, pc.

      • mybrunoblog - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        Lots of guys (Jeter, Pettitte, Bernie, Matsui, etc.) have done rehab at Trenton. It’s less than 90 minutes from NYC. All depends on the situation.

    • pdowdy83 - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Yes he is going to DH while he “play at least three innings defensively at third base..”. Way to read the post.

      • chacochicken - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Yes, I was being sarcastic in reference to the suggestions of bizarre behavior leveled at Arod. Way to pay attention to baseball news.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        See above. Don’t explain jokes, chicken. Walk away.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      The article stated he would play 3 innings of defense so he won’t just be DHing… well at least not this first game anyway…

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