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A-Rod ready for rehab games

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is congratulated after

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is congratulated after scoring in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Yankee Stadium. (June 28, 2011) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Girardi said "it looks like" Alex Rodriguez (knee) will start rehab games Friday and Saturday with either Single-A Tampa or the GCL (rookie) Yankees. Single-A Tampa starts a three-game series in nearby Dunedin Friday while the GCL club is home Friday and away, at the Tigers in Lakeland, Saturday. Girardi said the plan was for A-Rod to DH Friday and play the field Saturday, then "see where he's at after those couple of days."

Girardi said it was unlikely Rodriguez, whose meeting with MLB investigators about his alleged involvement in illegal poker games has yet to be scheduled, would be joining the team by Monday's opener in Kansas City. "My guess would be no but I can't tell you that for sure," Girardi said. "It just depends how he feels each day."


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