A-Rod will ease back to field in rehab stint

A-Rod will ease back to field in rehab stint

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are looking to get Alex Rodriguez back into a lineup on Friday, planning on having him serve as a designated hitter in a Minor League rehabilitation game.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Rodriguez will play for either Class A Advanced Tampa or the Gulf Coast League Yankees in Tampa, Fla., and then could play third base in a rehab game on Saturday.

"It looks like he could possibly start a game Friday as the DH and then go from there," Girardi said. "Hopefully, he'll play the field on Saturday and we'll see where he's at."

The Yankees expect to get Rodriguez back for their upcoming road trip to Kansas City and Minnesota, but Girardi said that he was not sure the three-time Most Valuable Player would be ready for the first game of the trip on Monday.

"My guess would be no, but I can't tell you that for sure," Girardi said. "It just depends how he feels each day."

Rodriguez worked out at the Yankees' facility in Tampa on Wednesday as he continues to come back from July 11 surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee.

The Yankees were 18-10 without Rodriguez entering Wednesday's game against the Angels.