A week after tweeting that he was cleared to play in actual baseball games, New York Yankees third-baseman Alex Rodriguez will actually participate in a rehabilitation game tomorrow. After the scrutiny that Rodriguez went through for tweeting something without the Yankees’ consent, A-Rod will play third-base for Class-A Charleston, his first real game experience of the year.
He is scheduled to play at least three innings depending on how it turns out. If there are no setbacks, he apparently has 20 days to rehab until he would be ready for the big ball club. Rodriguez said he had another good workout and is looking forward to getting back on the field.
The Yankees desperately need a right-handed bat with power, with players like Vernon Wells batting cleanup when there is a lefty pitcher on the mound. Wells is batting a measly .223 and only has 31 RBI. The Yankees’ middle of the lineup has been one of the worst in baseball, and no matter how it’s put, Rodriguez would be an upgrade.
A-Rod’s replacement at third has been a revolving door, but it has most recently been filled by rookie David Adams who has also been struggling mightily, hitting only .125 with no home runs and four RBI in June. He started out a lot better than he’s shown recently, but it seems as if the league has caught up to him.
So now the countdown begins until the return of the most polarizing player on the Yankees. With A-Rod, there is always a story, on or off the field, and there will undoubtedly be many updates on the comeback trail for the $275-million-dollar man.