Alex Rodriguez expects to be back with the New York Yankees early next week, even as early as Monday when they face off against the Texas Rangers in Arlington.
Rodriguez is trying to return from a second hip surgery. He has not played in a major league game since the 2012 postseason in which he went 3-for-25 with 12 strikeouts. He was pinch-hit for and benched during the playoffs.
Rodriguez confirmed his return during an appearance on WFAN in New York.
Arod on Francesa said “yes” when asked if he expects to be back with the Yankees on Monday. Yankees have said (publicly) that is their hope
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) July 17, 2013
Rodriguez is set to complete his minor league rehab assignments this weekend. Brian Cashman, in a phone conversation with ESPN, said the Yankees could activate Rodriguez on Monday in Texas or give him an additional day off and push his first game to Tuesday.
“We have to get through the weekend, and then we will evaluate it,” Cashman said.
If the Yankees were to decide that Rodriguez wasn’t ready to return, he would remain on the disabled list. He would then work out for a period of time before going on another rehab assignment.