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Lateral movement remains concern for Rodriguez

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 17, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez was on the radio with Mike Francesa today and all but guaranteed that he’ll be back in the Yankees lineup on Monday.

“If we have a good weekend, I will be in Texas,” he said.

Rodriguez made it clear that he’s expecting a good weekend but acknowledged that lateral movement — especially going to his left — is the most significant challenge that remains. But Rodriguez said he made some plays for Trenton last night that eased some of those concerns.

He’s also been encouraged by the fact he’s starting to drive the ball and actually hit the ball in the air, including that home run on Monday.

“It was about a 93 or 94 mph fastball from a left-handed pitcher and I was able to drive it over the left-center field wall,” he said. “And that’s something I know I couldn’t do in August, September or October of (last) year. By the way, I couldn’t even do that last week, so the progression is coming very well.”

Rodriguez denied a repoert that he’s urged his representatives to reach a plea deal with Major League Baseball regarding a potential Biogenesis suspension.

“That’s not true,” he said.

Rodriguez said he plans to play the next four games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and believes that will complete his rehab and leave him major league ready.

“I do think that we have an opportunity here in the second half to get healthy and hopefully come back with a bang and give the fans of New York what they expect and that’s a World Championship caliber team,” he said.




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