TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is ready for the next step in his rehabilitation program.
Rodriguez got 13 at-bats in a simulated game and did situational work at third base at the Yankees’ minor league complex Sunday. He had right knee surgery July 11.
A-Rod said the plan was for him to have an off day Monday and then play in a game Tuesday night at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The three-time AL MVP did not rule out rejoining the Yankees for the start of a series Thursday at Minnesota.
“I’m looking forward to the next step and just staying one day at a time,” Rodriguez said.
On Sunday, Rodriguez faced three Yankees minor league pitchers broken down into three segments.
Before his first at-bat, Rodriguez joked with injured pitcher Mark Prior that “you have to boo … Minnesota boos.”
After the first and second hitting sessions, Rodriguez took part in extensive defensive drills.
“A good day,” he said.