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Girardi says A-Rod is on schedule

Alex Rodriguez raises his arms after hitting the

Alex Rodriguez raises his arms after hitting the game-winning home run in the 11th inning against Minnesota. (May 16, 2009) Credit: David Pokress

Joe Girardi said Alex Rodriguez, who had knee surgery July 11, has been keeping in frequent touch and feels good.

"He sends me usually what he does every day," the manager said. "I can't tell you when we'll see him, I don't have that date, our doctors are discussing that. But he's progressing fine. He is on schedule."

Girardi said Rodriguez's activities have included work in the pool and elliptical exercises.

"So far everything's been on the up-and-up," Girardi said. "Everything's went the way we've expected."

Girardi won't overreact

Girardi said that while fans and media obsessed about the poor starts produced back-to-back by Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia July 14 and 15 in Toronto -- and what they could mean for the non-waivers trade deadline -- he didn't.

"I don't really get caught up in it because I have to manage the game and manage the guys in the room," Girardi said. "I can't be managing the phones or staying up late about trades possibly that are going to happen. I don't do that . . . When Bartolo and Freddy had their rough starts in Toronto, I didn't make much of them. There was a lot of talk about it, but it's one start."

Girardi also isn't making too much of Phil Hughes' poor outing Friday against the A's in which he allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. "We are relying on him right now," he said. "So I'm looking for him to go out and throw the ball the way he's capable of Wednesday and hoping that Friday was just a little blip on the screen."

Soriano close?

Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless, hitless inning of relief with a strikeout for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Monday night. The Yankees expect him to be ready by Wednesday but want to see how Soriano, who also pitched Sunday, responds to working in back-to-back games before they consider activating him.

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