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Rodriguez to make next rehab appearance Friday in Tampa

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Alex Rodriguez is going to work out in Charleston today before going back to Florida and making his next rehab game appearance Friday in Tampa. Back to The Associated Press for the details of last night’s Rodriguez rehab outing…

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — It’s no hits and no worries so far for Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.

The three-time AL MVP grounded out twice and turned a double play Wednesday night in the second game of his minor league rehab stint with Class-A Charleston.

Rodriguez, who is recovering from left hip surgery in January, also went hitless in his first game with the RiverDogs. But the third baseman, who turns 38 on July 27, isn’t panicking about his slow start — yet.

“I don’t mind if I save all my hits for New York,” he said with a grin.

Rodriguez plans to work out at Riley Park on Thursday before leaving for the Yankees’ spring training complex in Florida. He’ll play for the Yankees’ minor league team in Tampa on Friday.

He said Tuesday he likely would need each of the 20 allowed rehab games to get back in shape. It sure looked that way in his two nights in Charleston.

Alex RodriguezIn his first game since a miserable October, he hit into a double play and struck out in two at-bats. Then he struggled against 19-year-old right-hander Mauricio Cabrera of Rome, an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.

Rodriguez swung at the first pitch he saw from Cabrera and grounded out to first. He found out when he got back to the dugout that Cabrera’s pitch was clocked at 101 mph.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “It’s not very often you see 101.”

He came up again in the third and bounced to second, leaving him 0 for 4 in two games at Charleston. He did start an inning-ending double play in the top half of the third.

“It wasn’t too bad,” Rodriguez said. “That’s the first time in eight months I’ve gone out there back to back.”

Rodriguez’s stay in Charleston was a success for the RiverDogs, who welcomed a crowd of 7,667 on Wednesday night after an announced attendance of 8,255 on Tuesday night.

Rodriguez signed autographs for the RiverDogs after he left Wednesday’s game, and then spent about 20 minutes signing for fans in the right-field stands. He had a playful exchange with 12-year-old Charlie Stephens in Charleston’s clubhouse, trading an autographed hat for the boy’s Astros cap before giving that to him as well.

“How’s that for a deal?” he said.

Rodriguez also posed for pictures with musician Darius Rucker. “I love this place,” Rodriguez said.

There’s a chance Rodriguez might return to Charleston on his rehab tour, but he’s unsure of his schedule past the next few days.

Joining Rodriguez on the RiverDogs was Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez, who played six innings in his second game back from a strained oblique. He followed up on a 2-for-3 performance Tuesday by going 0 for 2 with a walk.

Nunez was unsure of his rehab schedule.

Intermittent rain kept the tarp on the field for much of the day and prevented both clubs from taking batting practice or getting infield work.

RiverDogs manager Al Pedrique said Rodriguez met with the Charleston players earlier Wednesday to discuss baseball life and answer any questions from the young players.

“It’s great for the kids, they really had a blast,” Pedrique said. “It’s too bad he came out so early in the third inning.”

That was by design. Rodriguez said after Tuesday’s game he wanted to see how his body handled his first game action in nine months.

Pat Roessler, the director of player development for the Yankees, told Pedrique that Rodriguez felt fine Wednesday morning and was ready to go.

Rodriguez said he’s putting in the hard work to come back because he has “a responsibility to baseball.”

“That’s the way I’m wired,” he continued. “I obviously love the competition, I love the game. I know there are going to be a tremendous amount of naysayers out there and I look forward to going out there, playing well and contributing.”

Associated Press photos

 
 

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47 Responses to “Rodriguez to make next rehab appearance Friday in Tampa”

  1. pat July 4th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I don’t know how much I’d dig in facing a single A kid throwing 101.

  2. Yankee Trader July 4th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    He also picked up the dinner tabs for the Riverdogs the last two nights.

  3. blake July 4th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    pat says:
    July 4, 2013 at 8:59 am
    I don’t know how much I’d dig in facing a single A kid throwing 101.

    Id not at all

  4. Yankee Trader July 4th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I attached this article earlier, with one writer’s predictive finish.

    Agree to disagree:

    I do feel the Dodgers will soon be in first.

    http://www.nj.com/times-sports.....ime_t.html

  5. Shame Spencer July 4th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Still 6 games back.. knew it would be hard with Boston’s schedule but I’m hoping we can at least gain on the O’s before the break. Another win today would be awesome, then on to NY to face Baltimore and hopefully get some payback.

  6. yankee21 July 4th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Yankee Trader;

    I agree DET is the best team in the league by the time all is said and done will walk away in the Central despite CLE being a surprise to this point.

    I also think TEX wins the west they have hung around near the top despite missing 3/5 of their starting rotation and having Kinsler miss a good chunk of the 1H too. OAK and ANA will battle for the WC.

    In the east, I think TB has the best overall team and will gradually catch up and surpass BOS who will soon begin their traditional 2H slide. If BAL picks up a legitimate SP at the TD then BAL is the team to watch.

    I really don’t have an opinion right now on the NL except that PIT will not have the best record in the game at the end as they do now. They are playing over their heads.

  7. pat July 4th, 2013 at 9:22 am

    MarianaBichette
    @AROD was awesome to my kid these last couple days. Hope all @ChasRiverDogs players took advantage of observing 2 big leaguers up close!

  8. UpState July 4th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Regarding how the Yankees were doing in the International market:

    THX to Jerkface, CountryClub, PacoDooley, Blake, & YankeeTrader for their info and opinions !

    (previous thread)

  9. Yankee Trader July 4th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Yankee21-

    Good morning and Happy 4th.

    The O’s just recently added Scott Feldman who was having a good year.

    “Success for the Orioles means that Feldman continues to give good innings. He’s got a 3.46 ERA with 67 strikeouts and .227 batting average against in 91 innings. His Fielding Independent Pitching has been consistently under 4.00 the past three seasons. Adding Feldman also keeps him away from those teams who might rival the O’s for a playoff spot. Feldman’s not glamorous, but he’s good enough to get people out.”

    ** FanGraphs.com’s Dave Cameron analyzed Feldman from a statistical perspective, noting that last winter he called the Orioles’ new pitcher one of his “favorite undervalued free agent options.”

  10. yankee21 July 4th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    pat;

    A-rod can only be a benefit to those Riverdog players as they have an opportunity to be around a real ML ball player and a guy who used to be at the top of the sport. I hoped he talked about his work ethic and what it takes to make it to the big leagues beyond just skill.

    I wonder how Cashman feels telling A-rod to STFU about starting rehabbing only a few days before A-rod actually started rehabbing. Once again Cashman’s lack of class and cooth in full display.

    I hope Arod rips Cashman in the media one of these days. Really what does he have to lose as he is already hated by most writers and many fans.
    Interestingly though, you don’t hear of many players hating him….

  11. tbone1570 July 4th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Yankee Trader July 4th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Good morning.
    Supposed to have rain all day here also.

    I see where ARod picked up the Riverdogs dinner tab the last two nights.

    ————————————————-

    Traditionally, a major leaguer on a rehab assignment in the minors pays for the the post game spread. If A-Rod pickied up both days, Nunez is the one who’s really thankful!

  12. Yankee Trader July 4th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    UpState

    Jerkface mentioned last night that the Yankees were going to sign one of the top 3 international players once they become eligible in August.

    Any idea who he was referring to?

  13. yankee21 July 4th, 2013 at 9:39 am

    YT

    I wasn’t thinking of Feldman as a guy who will make a difference for BAL, maybe he will, who knows.

    However if BAL is really serious about winning the division and having a legimitate chance at winning their first championship in 30 years, then there is only guy I can think of that they might be able to trade that meets my definition of a difference maker.

    Cliff Lee. He is still one of the best.

  14. pat July 4th, 2013 at 9:42 am

    “I hoped he talked about his work ethic and what it takes to make it to the big leagues beyond just skill.”

    Batting practice for the Charleston RiverDogs started a little later than usual on Wednesday, and manager Al Pedrique had no problem with it. He thought it more important for his players to learn something from Alex Rodriguez.

    After playing the first game of his minor league rehab assignment on Tuesday, Rodriguez addressed the team in a chat set up by Director of Player Development Pat Roessler. The talk went on for more than 30 minutes, thrilling the impressionable Class A team.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....z2Y5GmMkcN

  15. yankee21 July 4th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    pat, good to read that about A-rod, thanks.

  16. austinmac July 4th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Feldman will he the O’s. He is certainly no ace but is going to be a help to them.

    Will Hal add anyone with a contract into 2014? I doubt it, but it is my hope they try to help next year by a player addition.

  17. yankee21 July 4th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    austinmac,

    at some point you gotta think NY adds a player or makes a move to their roster that could conceivably help the team beyond just the next couple of weeks or while a starter is injured.

    at some point, the yankees have to realize 2014 and beyond is a distinct calendar probability and they just might need to contract with some players to play for them that fans will want to pay with their dollars to see.

  18. pat July 4th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    JonHeymanCBS
    johnny damon says he’s lifting running & playing soccer. “and still winning..” says may try comeback next year.

  19. PacoDooley July 4th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    tbone1570 July 4th, 2013 at 9:34 am
    Yankee Trader July 4th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Good morning.
    Supposed to have rain all day here also.

    I see where ARod picked up the Riverdogs dinner tab the last two nights.

    ————————————————-

    Traditionally, a major leaguer on a rehab assignment in the minors pays for the the post game spread. If A-Rod pickied up both days, Nunez is the one who’s really thankful!
    ————————————

    Nunez is presumably making near league minimum, so it’s nice for Alex to be the generous one. It’s a nice custom for the MLB players to take care of the minor leaguers. Must be fun to have these guys on rehab assignments, unless they are taking your spot in the field for a few weeks!

  20. PacoDooley July 4th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    yankee21 July 4th, 2013 at 9:51 am
    austinmac,

    at some point you gotta think NY adds a player or makes a move to their roster that could conceivably help the team beyond just the next couple of weeks or while a starter is injured.
    ————————–

    I would like to see the team try to make moves that are not hole-plugging, but can help into the future – like the Swisher deal (not that you can generally expect to pull of a heist like that – but the general approach of finding a productive player that can fill a need for the next few seasons)

  21. Ys Guy July 4th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    “Interestingly though, you don’t hear of many players hating him(arod)”
    ______________________________________
    you dont? he came in second “most hated player” in a poll of major leaguers last year. (behind long island’s own a.j. pyrzinski.)

  22. Yankee Trader July 4th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Feldman isn’t a difference maker. He pitched 6 innings last night, 6 hits, 2 runs, 6 strikeouts vs offensively challenged WS.

    I’d have to check, but I remember him being tough on the Yankees.

    Cano vs Chris Davis in YS. Two men enter Thunderdome, one man leaves!

  23. austinmac July 4th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I wish we had the hated AJP and his .300 average.

  24. tbone1570 July 4th, 2013 at 10:06 am

    PacoDooley July 4th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Nunez is presumably making near league minimum, so it’s nice for Alex to be the generous one. It’s a nice custom for the MLB players to take care of the minor leaguers. Must be fun to have these guys on rehab assignments, unless they are taking your spot in the field for a few weeks!

    ———————————————–
    Paco,

    That’s true about Nunez, but he’s alos making at least 5 to 6 times the amount of money that these kids are currently pulling in. Compared to what they are use to, Nunez must seem like a millionaire.

    The big league guys usually aren’t with one minor league team for an extended period of time.Watch how they move these guys around from team to team (i.e. A-Rod going back to Tampa) while on rehab. They seem to keep them away from the minor league team’s road trips.

  25. Yankee Trader July 4th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Thanks YsGuy

    NEW YORK (WFAN) – Surprise, surprise: Alex Rodriguez isn’t beloved among his peers.

    The slugger, who continued his assault on the record books Tuesday night, was voted by 100 big-league baseball players as the sport’s second-most hated star (10 percent) behind White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski (34 percent) in a “secret survey” by Men’s Journal.

    And look who came in third with 9 percentage points: jovial Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher.

    “Everything about (Swisher) is annoying, from his mannerisms to his always wanting to ‘bro’ it down,” an unnamed American League veteran told the magazine. “Being around him is just exhausting.”

    The full results will be released in the July 2012 issue of Men’s Journal, scheduled to hit newsstands June 15.

  26. yankee21 July 4th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    beyond some BS “poll” what kind of reputation does A-rod have among his former and current teammates?

    What is the poll’s participants? Did they only ask BOS players what they thought?

    How does Cano feel about Arod? How about Manny Machado? How about Al Pedrique?

    This is really not worth my time to debate so I won’t.

  27. tbone1570 July 4th, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Ys Guy July 4th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    “Interestingly though, you don’t hear of many players hating him(arod)”
    ______________________________________
    you dont? he came in second “most hated player” in a poll of major leaguers last year. (behind long island’s own a.j. pyrzinski.)

    —————————————
    Ys,

    I think the statement was about not hearing many players hating Cashman.

  28. Yankee Trader July 4th, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I wonder if that was one of Swisher’s teammates who felt being around him was exhausting!

  29. Yankee Trader July 4th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Looks like it’s Nova, Pettitte, and Hughes vs the O’s this weekend.

  30. mick July 4th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    YT
    Can Yanks get the Division?
    Yay or nay?

  31. pat July 4th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    “They seem to keep them away from the minor league team’s road trips.”

    Less control of the situations that could happen in a visiting park.

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 4th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Happy 4th of July to all! We are having a double H day – hot, and HUMID! I decided to pass up the annual lobster boil we go to every year at the home of good friends of ours, because my idea of fun is not boiling along with the lobster! These people are wonderful hosts, but their idea of cooling off is circulating the hot air in the room by running the overhead fans!

    If anyone can help with the following, I’d sure appreciate it. I just downloaded the Yankee toolbar. I had it running for a long time and then had disabled it because I thought it was slowing down my computer. Well all it does is sits on my toolbar with the words “SIMPLY THE BEST”. No Yankee logo, no other information! It used to be a running toolbar, with all kinds of information. I cannot figure out exactly what it’s supposed to be. When I click on it, it just turns into a search engine! Thoughts?

  33. PacoDooley July 4th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    yankee21 July 4th, 2013 at 10:08 am
    beyond some BS “poll” what kind of reputation does A-rod have among his former and current teammates?
    ————————————

    My impression is that is mostly popular with his team mates. There was a time soon after he came to NY that he seemed to annoy a lot of players – but after his ego took a hit with the PEDs admission he seemed to open up a bit and embrace his role as a member of the team a lot more. Not sure it was always a positive, since I suspect he is partly responsible for the Melky Cabrera situation, and perhaps some of the other NY-Biogenesis connections.

    I also think that the team largely liked Swisher. It’s common for a guy to be popular with his own team and disliked around the league, at least that is my impression.

  34. Yankee Trader July 4th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Mick

    Good morning
    ?yay?

    If all the returning injured players are 100% and productive and the pitching remains good, yes I think there’s a chance.

    Still think it would help to add a bat now that can also play 1st base.

  35. tbone1570 July 4th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    pat July 4th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    “They seem to keep them away from the minor league team’s road trips.”

    Less control of the situations that could happen in a visiting park.

    ————————————-

    I think another reason is to avoid all of the long bus rides. The minor league team owners love it because it gives them bigger gates then they would normally have.

  36. jacksquat July 4th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    yankee21 July 4th, 2013 at 10:08 am
    beyond some BS “poll” what kind of reputation does A-rod have among his former and current teammates?

    What is the poll’s participants? Did they only ask BOS players what they thought?

    How does Cano feel about Arod? How about Manny Machado? How about Al Pedrique?

    This is really not worth my time to debate so I won’t.

    Then don’t make the statement with nothing to back it up.

    At least the poll is something. Players have also made general statements that they don’t like having to compete against PED users. Beyond that, most players are not going to make controversial statements to the press.

  37. Rich in NJ July 4th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    “Then don’t make the statement with nothing to back it up.”

    That’s an interesting way to put it.

    Are the players putting their name to it? If not, they are as worthless as the polls of players that state that Jeter is overrated.

    So yeah, back it upo.
    _

    Some of the mediots are living up their name with their headlines that question whether A-Rod has anything left based on a rehab game or two.

  38. Yankee Trader July 4th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Time to go.

    Everyone have a terrific and safe 4th.

    Until later.

  39. Rich in NJ July 4th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    You too, YT.

  40. pat July 4th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    “Beyond that, most players are not going to make controversial statements to the press.”

    I was taught to say it to someone’s face or keep it to yourself. People who give anonymous quotes when its about baseball are cowards.

  41. Ys Guy July 4th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    ” pat July 4th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    “Beyond that, most players are not going to make controversial statements to the press.”

    I was taught to say it to someone’s face or keep it to yourself. People who give anonymous quotes when its about baseball are cowards.”
    ==========================================
    so pretty much everyone on this blog is a coward?

  42. jacksquat July 4th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Rich in NJ July 4th, 2013 at 10:49 am
    “Then don’t make the statement with nothing to back it up.”

    That’s an interesting way to put it.

    Are the players putting their name to it? If not, they are as worthless as the polls of players that state that Jeter is overrated.

    So yeah, back it upo.

    The poll is the poll, I don’t have to back it up, it isn’t my poll. :)

    I doubt they just made it all up and pulled it out of their ass though.

    Frankly I don’t care if some players don’t like Arod, so I have nothing to defend. All I care about is him coming back and helping the team win.

  43. jacksquat July 4th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Ichiro since the day after Granderson went down again (May 25):

    .313/.355/.423

  44. Rich in NJ July 4th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    “I doubt they just made it all up and pulled it out of their ass though.”

    It’s not that they made it up necessarily. It’s that anonymous polls give people the ability to avoid accountability for their positions.
    _

    I like that Ichiro is doing well (although I still wouldn’t have signed him for two years), but that signing along with Soriano, is going to lead Levine into thinking he knows baseball.

  45. blake July 4th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I smoked a 14 lb brisket last night…..first one….learning experience to say the least.

  46. pat July 4th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    so pretty much everyone on this blog is a coward?

    Speak for yourself.

  47. Rich in NJ July 4th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    pat rocks.


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