The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez joked that it has been a long time since he last homered. Although he just missed getting one Sunday, A-Rod thought he was making progress.
Rodriguez had a run-scoring double and two RBIs for Class A Tampa, his first extra-base hit during a minor league rehabilitation assignment.
Rodriguez was 1 for 3 with a walk as the designated hitter against Bradenton. Coming back from hip surgery in January, he is scheduled to join Double-A Trenton for Monday’s Eastern League game at Reading in Pennsylvania.
Rodriguez is 3 for 21 (.143) with three RBIs and six strikeouts during his injury rehab.
Rodriguez met Friday in the Tampa with Major League Baseball officials investigating the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs.
With rain in the area, the Yankees wanted Rodriguez to travel to Buffalo, where Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is playing this weekend, a person familiar with the plans told The Associated Press.
Rodriguez told the Yankees he was too worn down to go, the person told the AP. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.
Rodriguez had been scheduled to play third base in games Thursday and Friday for Tampa, but both were rained out. He wasn’t seen by reporters at the ballpark on Friday.
“It was rained out,” Rodriguez said. “Whatever conversations I have with my coaches and my trainers, I will keep that private.”
As for any plans that he was supposed to join the Triple-A team this weekend, “this is news to me,” he said.