MOOSIC – Alex Rodriguez’ 20-day rehab from hip surgery in January is scheduled to end Sunday while playing for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
Or will it?
Once the time is up the Yankees will either have to activate the 37-year-old or place him back on the disabled list after a review by Major League Baseball. The latter might not be too far out of the question.
Rodriguez, who was scheduled to play at third base for the RailRiders on Saturday night against Louisville, was a late scratch from the position due to a tight left quad. About an hour before game time, he was moved to designated hitter for the RailRiders instead of manning the hot corner.
Rodriguez didn’t look uncomfortable during his first three at-bats Saturday night. He was seen on the field stretching the area on his left leg and in the dugout between at-bats. In his first at-bat, he flied out to right field and jogged down to first base and didn’t show any noticeable limp. During his second time up, he struck out looking and followed that with a strikeout swinging his third plate appearance.
Rodriguez ran the bases during Friday night’s game at PNC Field, when he finished 2 for 4 with a pair of singles. On the second one, he hustled to second trying for a double. He slid into the base and was called out.
“That’s what I woke up thinking,” said Rodriguez, who finished Saturday 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. “It’s the first time I slid like that in a long time in a game.”
After Saturday’s game, he was visibly down in the dumps saying that the reason is because of the quad, which bothered him a bit last week and he recovered from that so he’s expecting to rebound this time as well. He’s still expecting to join the Yankees in time for Monday’s game in Texas and didn’t know whether he would be playing on Sunday.
“(Sunday) might be a good treatment day and strap it up Monday,” he said. “I’ll talk to Joe (Girardi)…But my only focus is Monday in Dallas. Even if Monday’s in jeopardy there’s always Tuesday.”
For the team he was playing with on Saturday night, the RailRiders lost to Louisville 2—1 in 10 innings.
Randy Ruiz hit home run No. 11 in the bottom of the second inning to account for the SWB run. David Huff got the start and threw well going six innings allowing just six hits and fanning a season-high seven for SWB.
The finale of the four-game series at PNC Field is Sunday afternoon at 1:05 when RailRiders righty Jose Ramirez (1-2, 4.24) goes against Louisville right-hander Daniel Corcino (4-11, 6.40). Tomorrow, the Toledo Mud Hens come to town for four games.