From Jeff Moeller writing for USA Today…
MOOSIC, Pa. — Despite being in a somber mood after the game and dealing with a left quad injury, Alex Rodriguez is positive he will rejoin the New York Yankees in the next few days. He just isn’t sure whether it will be Monday’s target date, or possibly Tuesday.
An hour before his team’s 7:05 p.m. ET start Saturday night, Rodriguez’s status in the starting lineup for the Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in their game against the Louisville Bats had been changed from starting at third base to being the team’s designated hitter for the second consecutive evening.
Rodriguez, who hit second, acknowledged he might have strained the quad when he awkwardly slid into second base Friday, marking the first time during his rehab assignment.
The Yankees confirmed the injury for the third baseman, who played his 13th game during his 20-day rehabilitation assignment that began July 2 from January hip surgery.
On the night, a quiet Rodriguez — both on and off the field — was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, two swinging. In his two previous games, the effervescent, optimistic Rodriguez was 3-for-8 with one of his two homers with the Class AAA club.
“It is a little sore,” Rodriguez said about the quad. “So I decided to DH instead of play third. I felt it a little bit this morning. I didn’t feel it so much on the ground balls (in batting practice), but in the acceleration.”
Rodriguez wouldn’t confirm whether he would play in his final rehab game Sunday afternoon. He stated that he would confer with manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman either later Saturday night or early Sunday morning. But he has his sights set on rejoining his teammates Monday and wouldn’t state whether he would play third or DH upon his return.
“I’ll figure what the combination is,” said Rodriguez. “I’ll either take off tomorrow and play Monday and Tuesday. It is a matter of how I wake up in the morning and get some treatment in the morning.
“I’m optimistic Monday is our day and we’ll go from there.”
“I didn’t think it was that bad,” Rodriguez added. “Even if it is not Monday, it is Tuesday. It has been a long road.”
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