ANAHEIM, Calif. - The timetable, what the Yankees have given of one, for Alex Rodriguez's return hasn't changed. And that remains the nonspecific "sometime after the All-Star Break."
But the third baseman, recovering from hip surgery did take a significant step in his recovery Saturday, running the bases, at what Joe Girardi characterized as "75 percent" speed.
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"He felt pretty good," Girardi said. "I'm curious how he's going to feel tomorrow or the next day, but that's something he hasn't been doing so that's good."
It has been a slow recovering for the 37-year-old and many in the organization still question whether he'll ultimately play this season.
The hope is A-Rod soon will be able to run the bases at full speed.
Girardi gave struggling DH Travis Hafner and even-more-struggling outfielder Vernon Wells a day off.
"I think always you'd probably rather be in [the lineup]," Girardi said of slumping players. "But I think sometimes it can help them to give them a day off."
Lyle Overbay started at DH and Thomas Neal, who made his Yankees debut Friday night, started in left.
Romine safe at plate
Austin Romine tagged two runners out at the plate in Friday night's loss, most memorably Albert Pujols in the sixth inning. On Saturday, Romine said he was "very aware" that it was the 6-3, 230-pound Pujols bearing down on him. "I thought," the 6-0, 215-pound Romine said with a smile, "he was going to crush me."
But Pujols didn't run him over. Romine, with the plate perfectly blocked with his left leg, tagged him out after Wells delivered a strike.