A-Rod ran in the outfield (“90 percent,” he said later), took a bunch of grounders and then took batting practice. He was crushing the ball to right field.
Alex said he was disappointed that he hasn’t been cleared to play. But he is encouraged because his MRI showed the quad tear is now a Grade 1 instead of a Grade 2. He won’t need another MRI. The doctors believe another few days of rehab will be sufficient.
The earliest he will play is Tuesday. He’s not sure when he will play in extended spring training. But it will likely be sometime this weekend. He agrees that the Yankees are doing the right thing by being so cautious.
Alex was quite cordial with the writers, stopping after the workout to chat.
I would have posted some exclusive cell phone photos but the sun was too bright. Picture A-Rod in a black t-shirt swinging a bat. There you go.
UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: Stephen, a reader from Tampa, sent me this photo of A-Rod signing autographs for people at the complex. Good job by him.