Despite not showing up to team facilities on Friday and reportedly declining the New York Yankees' request that he play at Triple-A to avoid the rainout that ultimately came on Friday at the Single-A level, Alex Rodriguez will be moved to Double-A today to continue his rehab assignment. The move is one the Yankees essentially had no choice but to make.
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Rodriguez played both Saturday and Sunday, so the team feels he's ready for a promotion for tonight's game in Trenton. Rodriguez will join the team for their 7:05 PM contest. The rehab clock is ticking down for Rodriguez, so the Yankees need to see how well his recovery is actually going. In Rodriguez's words, it's seems to be going well. In the team's words, it's going "OK."
''I thought today was probably the happiest I've been with the way my body reacted,'' Rodriguez said after Saturday's game. ''I thought the way I swung the bat, it felt like I had more power behind my swings. Those are the types of things I'm looking for.''
"Physically, he's doing OK," Girardi said. "We'll just keep rehabbing and trying to lengthen him out, play him a couple of days in a row and see what we have after the 20 days."
Rodriguez is clearly trying the patience of the entire Yankees organization. He met with MLB investigators earlier last week, and as we have covered in depth here, the league is seeking a big-time suspension for the former MVP. His involvement in the Biogenesis scandal could essentially end his season if Major League Baseball has their way.
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