In his first appearance since surgery on his left hip in January, Rodriguez took few chances in the field or at the plate as he continues what he hopes is a journey back to the Yankees’ lineup come July 22.
“To me it was a great blessing to be back out there,” Rodriguez said. “It’s been a long fight. A hard time. And I’m pretty excited to get a couple of at-bats.”
Playing for the Yankees’ Class-A affiliate, Rodriguez exited the game after he took a called strike three to end the third inning. He also grounded into a double play in his first plate appearance.
Rodriguez had his first defensive opportunity on the game’s first play. Rome leadoff batter Kyle Wrenn put down a near-perfect bunt right at the third baseman, who didn’t charge it but moved forward, caught it bare-handed and threw to first too late to get the runner.
Source: ESPN New York A-Rod Goes Hitless In First Rehab Game by Blake Bass