A-Rod plays third in rehab stint

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez played in the field for the first time during his three-game rehab assignment with the Single A Tampa Yankees on Saturday. He flew out to shallow right in his first at-bat, grounded out and struck out twice. He handled his only chance at third when he fielded a soft grounder.

Rodriguez is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts during his stint with the Tampa Yankees. Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman indicated that there was a good chance that Rodriguez would join the Yankees on Monday when they open a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Rodriguez has missed a little more than a month with a broken bone in his left hand suffered when he was struck by a Felix Hernandez pitch. Rodriguez, batting .276 with 15 homers for the season, went on the disabled list on July 25 and had eight doubles in his last 23 games before his injury.

Cashman had indicated that Rodriguez would be the designated hitter on Sunday’s Class A season finale, but Rodriguez said he wasn’t sure. Rodriguez said he would talk to Cashman about his status for Sunday’s morning minor league game in Lakeland.

Rodriguez took fielding practice prior to the Tampa Yankees 8-1 loss to Lakeland, and also took extra batting practice before and after the game. Rodriguez said he felt no pain in his left hand.