A-Rod cleared to begin playing rehab games on July 1

GM Brian Cashman acknowledged the rehab assignment would start in Tampa, with one of the team’s low-level affiliates.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman told the Daily News Sunday that while he hasn’t discussed an exact date for A-Rod’s return to game action, “it sounds like it’s on schedule. He’s been running, throwing, fielding, and I know it’s approaching. It’s coming.”

Rodriguez would begin his minor league rehab assignment in Tampa, then would presumably move up the line, according to Cashman, to “[Double-A] Trenton, then [Triple-A] Scranton. Normally, position players need 50-75 at-bats, or 20 games.”

Rodriguez, 37, is currently rehabbing from left-hip surgery. He had the procedure in January to repair a torn labrum, a bone impingement and a cyst, which are expected to keep him out until after the All-Star break. By starting a 20-day rehab assignment on July 1, he’d be on schedule to return in the first series after the Midsummer Classic.

Source: Mike Axisa, CBS Sports