A-Rod unlikely to need rehab stint

A-Rod unlikely to need rehab stint

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez is not expected to require a Minor League rehabilitation assignment before returning to the Yankees' lineup, manager Joe Girardi said on Monday.

The All-Star third baseman is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, and the Yankees anticipate that the slugger's strained left calf will enable him to jump back into New York's cleanup spot on that day.

"[Rodriguez should return] when he's eligible to come off," Girardi said. "I don't think he'll go on rehab."

Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 21 with tightness in the calf, which he aggravated during an at-bat in an Aug. 20 loss to the Mariners while jogging lightly on a tapper to third base.

Rodriguez has said that he has never previously dealt with a calf injury, so he is unsure of what to expect. He hit off a tee and practiced soft-toss on Monday, and he incorporated light jogging into his workout.