NEW YORK — 3B Alex Rodriguez is expected to be the designated hitter in his first rehab game, at 7 tonight for Class A Tampa against the host Dunedin Blue Jays, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he expects his star to be back with the big club late next week for its trip to Minnesota, ESPN.com reported.
Rodriguez has been out since July 8 with a torn meniscus in his right knee that was surgically repaired July 11.
On Saturday, Rodriguez will play in the field for the Yankees' minor-league club while the big club hosts the Rays. His readiness to rejoin the Yankees will be re-evaluated after Saturday.
"Will we have him in Kansas City? I don't know," Girardi said Thursday. "I would think by Minnesota we would have him."
After this weekend's home series with the Rays, the Yankees travel to Kansas City for three games with the Royals beginning Monday night, then travel to Minneapolis for four with the Twins beginning Aug. 18.
"We'll have to build him up," Girardi said. "I think the most important thing is that he feels comfortable and that he feels that he's moving freely."
Indians squabble: SS Asdrubal Cabrera and 1B Carlos Santana went nose-to-nose in the dugout during the first inning of a 4-3 loss to the Tigers, but manager Manny Acta had no issue with it. "I like it," he said. "It means people around here want to win."
The Indians fell behind 1-0 when Austin Jackson hit a routine grounder but 3B Lonnie Chisenhall's throw sailed over Santana's head and into the photo pen. Jackson moved up on a groundout and later scored.
"Asdrubal confronted Carlos about not catching the throw," Acta said. "Carlos didn't like the way he talked to him. That's fine. I like it. People care. That's all I can ask for."
A's: OF Coco Crisp (right calf) missed his fourth straight game and is expected to sit out the three-game series against Texas.
Blue Jays: Edwin Encarnacion has started taking fly balls in leftfield, and manager John Farrell said the third baseman could get playing time in the outfield before the end of the season.
Cardinals: The team bolstered its bullpen by coming to terms with LHP Arthur Rhodes, 41, who was released by Texas this week. He went 3-3 with a 4.81 ERA in 32 games for the Rangers.
Mets: CF Angel Pagan sat out after leaving Wednesday's loss because of a lower back spasm. Scott Hairston started in center, and batted leadoff for the first time this season.
Nationals: 1B Michael Morse left the game vs. the Cubs to get X-rays after being hit on the left elbow by a pitch.
Orioles: RHP Jake Arrieta is scheduled for season-ending surgery today to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Arrieta hasn't pitched since July 31 and has been on the disabled list since Aug. 6. The right-hander went 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 22 games, all of them starts. He was 5-1 with a 4.03 ERA on May 15, but began to struggle with his command shortly after that.
Rockies: Despite his eight-game hitting streak, SS Troy Tulowitzki did not start. "He came to me (Tuesday) and said his legs were starting to feel a little heavy," manager Jim Tracy said. Tulowitzki later pinch-hit. … Jason Giambi, 40, is returning to the big club after going 3-for-3 Wednesday for the Triple-A Sky Sox. He had been on the DL with a strained left quadriceps.
Tigers: OF Brennan Boesch is expected to miss a few games because of a sprained right thumb. Boesch, one of the club's top run producers, had his thumb examined by a hand specialist. There is no timetable for his return.
White Sox: Closer Sergio Santos worked a perfect ninth for his 25th save in a 6-3 win over Baltimore. He set a major-league record by starting the season with 25 straight scoreless appearances on the road, breaking the mark set by the Yankees' Mariano Rivera in 2005. Santos has a 30-game scoreless run on the road over two seasons.