This from the AP in Tampa:
Alex Rodriguez remains on target to rejoin the New York Yankees on Tuesday.
The third baseman, out since April 28 with a strained right quadriceps, hit a grand slam to center field during his 15 at-bats in a simulated game Sunday. He is scheduled to play in an extended spring training game Monday against Philadelphia minor leaguers before returning to New York.
â€œItâ€™s the best Iâ€™ve felt since the injury,â€ Rodriguez said.
A-Rod faced four different Yankees minor league pitchers, getting credit for five hits in his 15 at-bats. He also had a sacrifice fly and walked five times.
â€œItâ€™s invaluable to get those at-bats,â€ Rodriguez said. â€œYou canâ€™t duplicate it anywhere else.â€
In the simulated game format, there were no fieldersâ€”just the pitcher, catcher and Rodriguez, who hit seven hard liners.
Rodriguez went though an intensive workout at third, fielding 54 grounders in a variety of situations. He also ran in the outfield and took batting practice in an indoor cage.
â€œIâ€™m excited,â€ Rodriguez said. â€œI want to get back into the lineup and help my team.â€