With the way Alex Rodriguez looked last night, he should have no trouble fitting into the Yankees’ lineup. Playing in his first rehab game after a second hip surgery, the third baseman hit into a double play and struck out looking in two at-bats for Class-A Charleston in a 4-2 win over Rome. Rodriguez was twice tested with bunts in his direction, resulting in hits both times. “It almost feels like March 1 for spring training,” Rodriguez said after his three-inning stint alongside Eduardo Nunez (oblique), who went 2-for-3 and played short. “That’s basically the approach.” With just 20 days to work with before he is due back with the Yankees, Rodriguez doesn’t have a lot of time to get ready. “I’ll have a pretty good idea how I feel after half a dozen games or so, but today was pretty good,” Rodriguez said after a standing-room-only crowd of 8,255 showed up at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. “I put the ball in play. It’s a slow progression.” Prior to the game, he made it clear he expects his path to end with him in the lineup for the Yankees, perhaps on July 22 in Texas. “We’re scheduled to play, hopefully, 20 days from now,” Rodriguez said of his return to the Yankees. “So I feel very confident.” When reminded the series before that is against the Red Sox in Fenway Park, Rodriguez smiled and said: “I know about it.” With the Yankees trying to stay alive in the AL East and David Adams drowning at third base, they have little to lose. Rodriguez has been rehabbing since January’s hip surgery and after a conference call that included the third baseman and general manager Brian Cashman on Monday, the decision was made to get him in a game. He will play again for the RiverDogs tonight before working out tomorrow and heading back to Florida to play for Single-A Tampa in Lakeland on Friday.
Rodriguez goes 0-2 in first minor league rehab outing — return target July 22
New York Post | Jul 3