Alex Rodriguez's rehab stint down in Class-A Tampa didn't go as well as expected, as he only went 3-for-21 during his time there. He was hoping for some luck with his change of scenery when he moved up to Class-AA Trenton.
It might have been the New Jersey humidity that A-Rod liked, because he looked like the old A-Rod while playing for the Trenton Thunder as we went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI's on Monday night against the Class-AA Reading team. The home-run was a two-run bomb to left-center field in the fifth inning.
It was the first time since September 14 of last year that A-Rod hit a home run in any time of environment; last season he hit 18 for the Yankees. The 37-year-old was feeling really good after connecting on his first home run in almost 10 months.
"That one felt pretty good, it felt pretty awesome. It's been a long time," Rodriguez said. "To take a mid-90s fastball and hit it that way, I was certainly not able to do that the last two or three months of the season last year, so that's definitely a good check in the box."
Rodriguez also added that Monday night was the best he had felt in a very long time, which is a really encouraging sign for the Yankees that their star third basemen might be getting his bat speed back and could be getting closer to returning to the Major Leagues.
Aside from his offense, he looked extremely strong, and at times, very good playing in the field for the Trenton Thunder on Monday night as his hip was put to the test when he had to field grounders and charge the ball on weakly hit ground balls hit towards him.
When asked how soon he could return to the Yankees, he told reporters in Trenton "about six days," but with a grin on his face while answering. The six days Rodriguez is referring to is July 22; when his 20-day rehab window would be over and the Yankees would either have to activate him off the disabled list or assign him to the minor leagues.
With the Yankees current offensive struggles and lack of depth at third base, A-Rod's return to the lineup would be an immediate upgrade and could be a huge boost to a team that ranks dead last in the American League in offense.
Rodriguez is scheduled to play again for the Class-AA Trenton Thunder on Tuesday night against the Reading Fighting Phils; the Philadelphia Phillies Class-AA team.
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