The New York Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, is not as close to beginning a rehab assignment as was recently reported by the New York Daily News. The publication stated that A-Rod would make his first rehab assignment for Class-A Tampa on July 1. Brian Cashman, the Yankees GM, said that the report was not true and that there is no timetable for Rodriguez’s return.
The three-time American League MVP has not played all season after having offseason surgery on his faulty hip. Rodriguez has been taking batting practice from live pitching at the Yankees Tampa complex and has also performed sliding drills and running exercises, but he still has no date for playing in an actual game. It was thought before the season started that he would be back after the All-Star Game on July 16.
With Kevin Youkilis likely done for the regular season and rookie David Adams making the majority of starts at third since Youkilis’ injury, Rodriguez’s pending return would be a huge boost. Adams is only batting .191 with two home runs and nine RBI in the 26 games he has played to start his career. Third base is traditionally a position that can provide pop in a lineup, and the Yankees simply haven’t gotten production from anyone who has played at the hot corner this season. If Rodriguez does come back and stays healthy for the rest of the year, and that is a big if, he could provide a much needed impact in a struggling Yankees offense.