Alex Rodriguez has been back for only two games after not having played since October and undergoing a second hip surgery, so it’s perfectly reasonable for him to expect to need more time to judge what kind of player he can be. But what fun would that be? So following another 0-for-2 performance for Class-A Charleston against Rome (Ga.) last night, an NL scout had this to say about the third baseman: “It’s way too early. I’d love to kill him, but it would be totally unfair. You need at least 15-20 at-bats before you start getting a rhythm.” OK, so maybe Rodriguez has a point. Last night, he grounded out softly to the right side in each of his two at-bats, but he did start a double play at third base that ended the top of the third. “I don’t mind if I save all my hits for New York,” Rodriguez said with a laugh after being pulled after three innings from Charleston’s 8-5 loss. He will work out in Charleston again today before heading back to Florida, where he will join Class-A Tampa tomorrow in Lakeland. Rodriguez expects to stay with Tampa at least through Tuesday — taking Sunday off — depending on the weather. “That’s one part of simulated games you can’t [replicate],” Rodriguez said of the play at third. “You get your at-bats, but you can’t [replicate] the defense.” You also don’t see 101 mph pitches in simulated games. Rodriguez said he was told last night’s starter for Rome, right-hander Mauricio Cabrera, was clocked at 101 during his first at-bat. “The good news for me is I didn’t hit 101 before either hip surgery,” Rodriguez said. “The kid was throwing gas.” He has 18 days to show he’s ready to help the Yankees before his rehab stint is up when the Yankees are in Texas.
Another 0-fer for A-Rod, but scout says too early to believe he’s done
New York Post | Jul 4