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Alex Rodriguez goes 0-for-2 in first rehab game

Jul 2, 2013, 8:53 PM EDT

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Alex Rodriguez just concluded his first minor league rehab game with the Low-A Charleston RiverDogs. And while he didn’t contribute much in the way of offense, the night was far from a failure.

The veteran third baseman grounded into a double play in his first at-bat and struck out looking in his second at-bat, but he played three innings at third base and most importantly had no issues with his surgically-repaired hip. There was an over-capacity crowd at Charleston’s Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park — a big boost for that affiliate — and A-Rod thanked them for coming by signing autographs down the right-field line for a while after being removed from the lineup in the bottom of the third.

Rodriguez will slowly wind his way through the Yankees’ minor league system, working his way up to full nine-inning games. He is expected to return from his January hip surgery right around the All-Star break.

Yankees third baseman have hit .227/.288/.310 in 2013 and Kevin Youkilis is done for the year.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    You’re f#$*ing out! – Keny Powers.

    Seriously though, for a guy who’s been villainized so much, it was a class move by him for sticking around for awhile and signing autographs. His rehab has been turned into an absolute circus, but so far he’s handling it well.

  2. steelers88 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    If I were Arod I would retire. What’s better collecting a paycheck while relaxing.

    • Reflex - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      If he retired he couldn’t collect the paycheck. And heck, he might actually like playing…

      • historiophiliac - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        What?! A ballplayer who likes playing? The hell you say!

      • Reflex - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        I know, seriously. Imagine that, that someone might choose a profession they enjoy and happen to be very good at. Totally ruins the narrative…

  3. tigersfandan - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Homer Bailey has a no-hitter through seven innings.

  4. jaredo10 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Fcuk Homer. its all about a rod you selfish reds fan. go bet the game you bumm

    • jackweho - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      @Jaredo10:your screen name matches your IQ…ten

  5. 8man - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Respect is due to ARod for his accomplishments. But it’s very hard to root for him. I’d like to know how many Yankee fans want him back in their lineup.

  6. jaredo10 - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Jackweho .. yeah your user name gets mad street credd in the Dakotas

  7. northstarnic - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Nice work, slugger!

  8. yousuxxors - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    I really hope he comes back and fucking tears it up then leads the Yankees to another world series.

  9. 13arod - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Reflex he can

  10. pisano - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    He grounded into a double play in his first at bat, and took a called third strike his second at bat, that means nothing has changed in his game, so they might as well bring him up asap, he hasn’t missed a beat.

  11. ericcoyle15 - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    lets see they are paying a guy more than the whole Houston astros team combined and when he comes back, im sorry if he comes back the yanks will be lucky if he hits his weight

  12. theskinsman - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    I want him back so he and Jeter can be playing together in the Yanks infield for 10 more years. You 2 -fraud fans won’t really be content until he grounds into an inning killing double play,or strikes out with the bases loaded and a big game on the line.

  13. dowhatifeellike - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    I want Arod, Jeter, and Tony Romo to continue playing for the next 30 years. Fans on both sides will love it.

    Having said that, can we please not have daily updates about a washed-up, overpaid player’s rehab progress? Let’s nip this in the bud right now.

  14. florida727 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    I’m not an A-Rod fan, or a Yankee fan, but I applaud his work ethic as well as his willingness to sign autographs like he did for the fans. Very classy whether you love him or hate him. Frankly, he could have gone 9-for-9 and no one in the Yankee organization would care less. All that matters is how his hip responded to playing defense and running out his first inning grounder. He may have cheated in the past, but if he leaves it in the past, I hope he comes back. He’s a fun player to watch regardless of your rooting interest. I’d be okay if he went 0-for against the White Sox though :)

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