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Alex Rodriguez homers in rehab game, says he’s “about six days away” from majors

Jul 16, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

Alex Rodriguez AP

Alex Rodriguez played his ninth minor-league rehab game yesterday at Double-A and hit his first homer, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs as he comes back from hip surgery.

And then afterward Rodriguez gave all sorts of optimistic quotes to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger, saying it was “by far the best I’ve felt and played” and “today we checked a lot of boxes.”

Asked about his return timetable, Rodriguez declared himself “about six days away” from coming off the disabled list and rejoining the Yankees, which coincides with the date his rehab stint would reach the maximum length.

Overall in nine rehab games he’s 5-for-25 (.200) with one homer, one double, and a 7/1 K/BB ratio, so Rodriguez hasn’t exactly been tearing it up in the minors.

  1. mf44srq - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    #Crickets? Perfect!

  2. therealbigben - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    from the looks of that pic he can’t even swing it right in BP. Look how far out in front of that pitch he is!

  3. flamethrower101 - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    I realize that his rehab stint ends in six days but if I’m the Yankees, I’d like to see a little bit more from A-Rod before I call him up. I know rehab stints aren’t designed for stats, only to see if the player is healthy, but he’s now had both of his hips surgically repaired. Even if the surgery went well I’d imagine it’ll be really hard to A-Rod to return to even what he was last year.

    That plus the looming Biogenesis suspensions that have supposedly been months in the making makes it very hard for me to believe he’ll be back this year.

  4. chadjones27 - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Did Cashman give him permission to speak? Or should he have just STFU?

  5. Detroit Michael - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    About six days away from returning to the Yankees unless he voluntarily retires or agrees to a suspension or something bizarre. That’s a big assumption, dontchaknow.

  6. historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Hello, Gleeman.

    Ok, did A-Rod learn nothing from his last announcement about returning to play? Dude, your boss said to shut-up already. Just say you feel like a centaur again…or hot tamales…or anything — except when you think you will be ready to play.

  7. drunkenhooliganism - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    He needs to commit to the villain role and wear a mask when he plays.

    • km9000 - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      To the Yankees, his role probably seems more like a clueless, annoying sitcom neighbor that keeps inviting himself over.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        Like some kind of doofus hipster?

      • kevinbnyc - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        He’s not lovable enough to be a Kramer.

  8. pisano - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    That’s great, how do you think that will translate to the majors? if and when he comes back it’ll be interesting to see what happens. Real Yankee fans have seen enough of Arod in the last couple of years to not get too excited about his return.

    • paperlions - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      I am guessing it translates about as well as Jeter going 1 for 9 with a single and bad defense in his rehab assignment.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Would you care to make a little wager for tonight’s game?

      • paperlions - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        Not really….but, out of curiosity, what did you have in mind? A selection of olives?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        Well, that would be nice, but uncollectible, so I was thinking more along the lines of you having to post what a wonderful 3B Miggy MVP is and how awesome it is to watch the AL play and generally other “AL is beasty” stuff for the day tomorrow. Or, I could be mean and require you to always say “Miggy MVP” for the rest of the season. :)

      • paperlions - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        While that would be fun, I would have to add a “/s” to each one for accuracy’s sake.

        Miggy did win the MVP, but he’s still a horrible defensive player. Tiger’s pitchers are tied for having the worst BABIP in the league because their defenders, as a group, are horrible (and the 3B is one of them). Last year they were the 4th worst defensive team….that is a lot of extra hits they give up due to poor range.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        I think you missed the point of the wager.

        /eye roll

      • paperlions - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        God damn freaking auto-refresh!!!!!!!!

        GRrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

        Anyway….

        Yes, Miggy is fantastic, but making me say/type things that aren’t true isn’t fun. ;-)

        Too bad he wasn’t in the HR derby.

        I think they could fix that disaster pretty easily if anyone cared.

        First, get rid of Berman. Good lord. Every time I tuned in, I had to hit mute or change the channel within seconds. Man, he sucks.

        Second, change the format to a head-to-head style, with guys alternating swings (like in a shoot out), most HR after 25 (or whatever) swings wins and moves on to the next round. A H2H between Miggy and Davis would have been fun to watch, and I bet that format would increase the drama and the focus of the participants.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        Fun for you, you mean. It would be a lot of fun for me.

      • paperlions - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        Of course.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:46 PM

        Drat! No fun for you. argh!

      • historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        I can see where this would not be fun for you. :P

      • paperlions - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        Won’t matter. The Cardinals won’t need a game 7. Not sure why you care since you won’t even be a fan of the team that is losing.

        MLB has made sure this isn’t fun for anyone. Fucking Neil Diamond singing a shittyass song that is a dumb tradition from a different city? That is just embarrassing and pathetic.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        The mute button is your friend.

        There’s the homering I love. he he Rowr!

      • historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        Chicken.

  9. beerjunkie - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Guys a waste of flesh. Send him to Cuba for a box of cigars.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      “Waste of flesh?” Wow. Ummm…I don’t much care for Arod (never have for some reason).
      That in mind….it seems you may be going off the deep end here. No?

      • paperlions - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Yeah, Arod is definitely a douche….but he’s never been in any sort of legal trouble, never beaten his wife, never threatened to blow up a bar, never been pulled over for DUI, or any of the other myriad things other MLB players have done that people cheer for.

      • paperlions - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        oof…to clarify, I meant that people cheer for the players, not their nefarious acts.

  10. beerjunkie - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    No.

  11. turdfurgerson68 - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    I hope, when he rejoins the Yankees in NYC, that he homers in his first AB, flips off the Yankee fans rounding the bases, ignores Giradi in the dugout, and kicks Cashman in the Balzac in the clubhouse after the game.

    Oh, and he then checks to see his giant bi-weekly paycheck be direct deposited into his coffer.

    • nolanwiffle - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Me too.

  12. norvturnersneck - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    He’ll be suspended soon so the fuss can stop over AFraud. Congrats on looking worse in single A than most other single A players. Washed up!

  13. mentalfever - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    I was at last night’s game and even in the two at bats that he grounded out and reached on an error scored a hit he was fouling off pitches straight back. He was slowly locking in. Then he hit a bomb. Defensively he looked fine. Made a nice play on a dribbler up the line and ran well. Just needs a few more at bats and he should be ready.

  14. obmig - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    What are realistic expectations if he makes it back? .250-.275 ba?

  15. jayscarpa - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    The Yankees have had these guys play 3B for them this year:
    Davis Adams
    Luis Cruz
    Alberto Gonzalez
    Chris Nelson
    Jayson Nix
    Kevin Youkilis
    Vernon Wells

    He’s an upgrade

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      You win the prize!!

      2013 ARod > Luis Cruz

      ‘Nuff said

  16. tbutler704 - Jul 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    I hope they ban this fraud for life.

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