Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 7/17/13
Alex Rodriguez is now on schedule to join the New York Yankees as early as Monday in Texas, after a stint with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday. His 20-day rehab limit ends Sunday. "I feel good," said Rodriguez, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip in January. "What I'm happy with is I'm getting the barrel of the bat on the ball. I'm swinging at strikes. I'm getting the ball into the air to the outfield. I'm eliminating the ground balls." Yankees GM Brian Cashman told ESPN.com: "We started the 20-day rehab and we felt he could complete the 20 days and be available to us in Texas. So let's get through the weekend and see where he is at and see if he is major-league able." Ten games into his rehab -- the past two with the Double-A Trenton Thunder in Reading, Pa. -- Rodriguez is pleased with his progress and not particularly worried about his 5-for-28 performance at the plate, MLB.com reported. "I never really paid that much attention to rehab statistics until this year. To me, getting the barrel of the bat on the ball is much more important," Rodriguez told ESPN.com. "I think he looks good," Trenton manager Tony Franklin told MLB.com. "He's certainly been productive in the two games he's played with us. It's been good having him around." Rodriguez said a significant milestone in his rehab is that he's been able to play seven innings at third base in four straight games, two with Class A Advanced Tampa and the two with Trenton. "Playing those innings in four straight games is a step I needed to take in this," Rodriguez said. Rodriguez was asked for reaction pertaining to MLB Players Association head Michael Weiner's comments explaining any suspensions leveled as a result of the Biogenesis investigation likely won't take effect until after the 2013 season. As usual, he deferred. "Good question, but you will have to ask Michael, who knows a lot more about this than me," Rodriguez said. "I can't comment."
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