A-Rod takes his swings tonight for Class-A Tampa
NEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez will be back in a lineup on Friday, taking his swings as the designated hitter for the Class-A Tampa Yankees to begin his Minor League rehabilitation assignment.
Rodriguez, 36, will play in a 7 p.m. ET Florida State League game in Dunedin, Fla. against an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Rodriguez is expected to play third base for Tampa on Saturday in a 6 p.m. ET game, also at Dunedin.
Rodriguez is coming back from July 11 surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee that had sapped his power, enduring a career-long homerless streak of 85 at-bats following the injury on June 19 at Wrigley Field.
The Yankees are expecting Rodriguez to rejoin them on their upcoming road trip, but Girardi said that he was not sure if Rodriguez would be with the club for a three-game series against the Royals that begins Monday. He expects Rodriguez to be available by Aug. 18, when the team opens a four-game series with the Twins.
A three-time American League MVP, Rodriguez is batting .295 with 13 home runs and 52 RBIs in 80 games for New York this season. The Yankees have won 20 of 30 games in Rodriguez’s absence entering play on Friday.