Yankees 3B Rodriguez set for 1st minor league game
“It will be the first game that I play in, in maybe over eight months. It’s been a long time. It’s going to be great to suit up again. It gets me one step closer to helping my team win in New York,” he said.
Rodriguez has been working out in Florida this year while recovering from surgery on his left hip on Jan. 16. The three-time AL MVP turns 38 later this month.
“Two things _ we’re working with the scheduling, where all these teams are at. There’s rain all over the East Coast. So, we’re just going to try and run away, try to find some good sunshine.”
“It has to do more with the weather. In an ideal world, we would always play at home because we can do more work, but if the weather is bad, we may have to jump over at X, Y or Z, depending where the sunshine is,” he said.
Rodriguez has 20 days on this assignment to get ready to play. Once he is ready, Girardi said he still envisions Rodriguez as an everyday third baseman with no plans to make him a primary designated hitter.
“We’ve had trouble scoring runs,” Girardi said. “That’s no secret. So it’d be nice to get some big bats back.”
AP Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis contributed to this report.