Alex Rodriguez moves rehab to Triple-A, targets July 22 return

A-Rod moves rehab to Triple-A, targets July 22 return

7/17/13 in MLB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Alex Rodriguez moves rehab to Triple-A, targets July 22 returnNew York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (hip) has not looked good in his 10 rehab games, but he has looked healthy. The 37-year-old (who will turn 38 next Saturday) has batted just .179 (5-for-28) with one home run down in the minors, while also striking out seven times.

Production, however, is not what the Yankees are eager to see out of their overpaid slugger - they want to see him make it through games with no setbacks. Rodriguez went 0-for-3 during his rehab game with Double-A Trenton on Tuesday, but he was able to play eight innings in the field. Despite the lack of production at the plate, general manager Brian Cashman has seen enough out of A-Rod to move him up to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where Rodriguez will debut on Thursday.

The promotion to Triple-A is a good sign that Rodriguez remains on track to hit his target return date of July 22. He began a 30-day rehab regimen in June, and July 22 marks the conclusion of that program. His ability to play eight innings in the field six days before his expected return date is a great sign.

Rodriguez will return to a Yankees lineup that could desperately use some halfway decent production out of him. Designated hitter Travis Hafner has completely tanked since his solid start to the season, batting .165 over his past 28 games.

Third base has also been a weak spot for the Yankees, where David Adams (.190/.260/.276) has been the primary starter. Luis Cruz has gotten a number of starts at third base in recent games, but has posted just a .214/.250/.238 line himself.

Rodriguez, a three-time MVP award winner, posted a solid line of .272/.353/.430 last season. He blasted 18 home runs with 57 RBI and 74 runs scored in 122 games. He even stole 13 bases while only getting caught once.

A-Rod may be far from the player he used to be, but he should still be a significant upgrade in the Yankees' lineup once he returns, and that return appears to be right around the corner.
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7/17/13   |   gsbayer   |   6 respect

It's too bad he's coming back.  As much as the Yanks need him right now, he's not going to come in and rally the team to win more games than before.  The team will get distracted with his BS and all the fans booing him each day, while constantly being reminded about how much per game he's making (that would be $185,000).

Would rather have him out hurt, the Yanks collect insurance, have him deal with the steroid scandal separately and maybe never come back.  Even though the team will still struggle, better to bite the bullet and try to make some smart trades to help them get back this half.