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A-Rod Ready For Next Step In Rehab Program

(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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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.

Rodriguez played in games Friday and Saturday as the designated hitter for Class-A Tampa.

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.