Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rodriguez expected to return to Yanks today

MINNEAPOLIS — Alex Rodriguez is almost there.

The Yankees weren't ready to take their star third baseman off the disabled list for Saturday night's game at Minnesota, but manager Joe Girardi said he plans to play Rodriguez today against the Twins if the three-time AL MVP feels all right in the morning.

"My mouth's getting watery here," Rodriguez said. "I'm ready to play, and I've watched enough baseball."

Rodriguez went through another pregame workout Saturday afternoon. He hasn't played for the Yankees since July 7 because of a torn meniscus in his right knee that required surgery.

"Another good day for us," Rodriguez said. "Hopefully (Saturday) was the last day of workouts.

"The last three days have progressively gotten better. I'm not as winded after going first to third or first to home, and I'm pretty much ready to go."

Girardi said he was pleased with what he saw on the field.

"I thought he was moving well, I thought he swung the bat well, and I thought he moved in the field well," Girardi said. "He answered all the questions. Let's just see how he bounces back when he comes in (today)."

Rodriguez said he hopes to play third base, and Girardi didn't rule that out, but the manager was noncommittal about where he'd put him.

The Yankees don't play Monday. They return home to host Oakland on Tuesday.

Rodriguez had surgery in July so he'd be at full strength for the stretch run in September, and so far his plan has played out. He has said his power was diminished by the injury that made it difficult for him to push off during his swing.

"Hopefully (today) is the day we get it going," Rodriguez said.

DODGERS: LHP Ted Lilly left the game against the Rockies with two outs in the sixth inning with right neck stiffness.

GIANTS: LHP Jonathan Sanchez, who sprained his left ankle in Tuesday's start, was scratched from today's scheduled outing. LHP Dan Runzler is set to make his first major-league start in his place. … RF Carlos Beltran, on the disabled list since Aug. 8 with a strained right hand, hit in a batting cage without pain and could be activated this week.

INDIANS: OF/DH Shelley Duncan left the team for undisclosed reasons and was placed on the family medical emergency list.

MARLINS: 2B Omar Infante, out since Aug. 4 with a broken right middle finger, was activated from the disabled list. INF Ozzie Martinez was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.

METS: SS Jose Reyes, on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain, ran the bases at close to full capacity. He's eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday but expects to need a minor-league rehab assignment first.

PHILLIES: LHP Cole Hamels, scratched from his previous start because of left shoulder inflammation, threw 25 pitches in a light bullpen session and is on track to return to the rotation Friday.

PIRATES: LHP Paul Maholm went on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career, sidelined by a shoulder strain. LH reliever Tony Watson was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.

RED SOX: CF Jacoby Ellsbury, one of the AL's leading MVP candidates, sat out with a contusion a day after being hit in the back by a pitch. An MRI exam revealed no structural damage.

ROCKIES: RHP Alex White, one of the prospects acquired in the trade that sent RHP Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians, is expected to be activated from the disabled list and start Tuesday. Former Rays RHP Jason Hammel, who has an 8.41 ERA since the All-Star break, will be sent to the bullpen.

TWINS: SS Tsuyoshi Nishioka was taken out of the lineup because of back spasms.

WHITE SOX: RF Carlos Quentin left the game against the Rangers after making a diving catch in the first inning and coming up gripping his left shoulder.

Rodriguez expected to return to Yanks today 08/20/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 20, 2011 10:18pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Fennelly: Bucs' Roberto Aguayo has his backers, no matter how many kicks he misses


    He was perfect Friday, and not just because he didn't have to kick.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) takes a photo with fans following the first day of training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, July 28, 2017.
  2. Rookie Kendell Beckwith pleased with first Bucs practice


    Bucs rookie linebacker Kendell Beckwith is eight months and a week removed from November surgery to repair a torn ACL, so there was a proud sense of accomplishment in getting himself healthy enough to be on the field for the opening practice of training camp Friday.

    Bucs inside linebacker Kendell Beckwith (51) defends tight end Cameron Brate (84) during the first day of training camp. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  3. Criticism part of the game for Bucs' Gerald McCoy, who is chasing 'ghosts'


    Who crossed the line with their criticism of Gerald McCoy?

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy jokes with teammates during the first day of training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, July 28, 2017.
  4. 2-year-old girl shows football team how its done


    ST. PETERSBURG — Football players may dread summer workouts, but not two-year-old Sophie Rosendale. She loves joining her father, St. Petersburg offensive line coach Mike Rosendale, three times a week for the Green Devils summer conditioning. Not only does she shout encouragement like her dad, she also straps on …

    Sophie Rosendale, 2, front, warms up with offensive lineman during practice at St. Petersburg High School, Wednesday. Rosendale is the daughter of offensive line coach Mike Rosendale. "She has been coming to practice for about one year," said Rosendale who has been a coach at the the school for 10 seasons. "She likes to show the players the proper techniques." [Photo/  Mike Rosendale]