Fresh news from Tampa, via the AP:
Alex Rodriguez is set to rejoin the slumping New York Yankees on Tuesday night after finishing his rehabilitation of a strained right quadriceps.
â€œIâ€™m excited to get back into Yankee Stadium and playing baseball. Itâ€™s where I belong,â€ Rodriguez said after going 2 for 6 in an extended spring training game Monday.
Rodriguez, sidelined since April 28, doubled and singled in six at-bats against Philadelphia minor league right-hander Reginal Simon. He also reached on error, struck out and flied out twice, making him 3 for 10 with a homer in two extended spring training games.
New York, last in the AL East at 20-24, has struggled without the three-time AL MVP. The Yankees are hopeful Rodriguez will provide a spark.
â€œWeâ€™ll see,â€ Rodriguez said. â€œNo predictions.â€
Rodriguez fielded three grounders – including two he had to charge in on – during five innings at third base.
â€œI wanted to go left, I wanted to go right defensively. I wanted to come forward on some slow rollers, and I got every one of them,â€ Rodriguez said. â€œIâ€™m happy about that. I got a chance to slide a few times, and swing the bat well.â€