KANSAS CITY -- The Yankees are expecting to greet Alex Rodriguez when they arrive in Minneapolis to open a four-game series on Thursday, but they aren't sure if the three-time American League Most Valuable Player will be ready for activation.
Rodriguez said he felt "a little tentative, a little hesitant" on defense in his first Minor League rehabilitation game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, and the Yankees would like to get a chance to evaluate Rodriguez in person before finalizing any decisions.
"Our plans right now are still to bring him to Minnesota [Thursday] if everything goes OK," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We may not activate him. We may just have him go through some things for a couple of days, then wait a couple of days to activate him."
Rodriguez played his second rehab game with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, and he also played two games as a designated hitter with Class A Advanced Tampa. He is returning from July 11 surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
"I think any time you play with something like he did for the three weeks, it's in your mind," Girardi said. "That hesitation when you're running, knowing there's something there -- that's something you have to get rid of."
Girardi said the Yankees want to see Rodriguez run and move around at Target Field and will watch any sessions with hitting coach Kevin Long and the Yankees' trainers closely.
"A couple of days, if you rush it, could cost you a couple of weeks," Girardi said. "That's the bottom line. Then he'd end up hurting something else. That's why we want to take a look at it with our own eyes [Thursday] and see how far he is away."
Girardi said that he would "definitely consider" having Rodriguez serve as the Yankees' DH for a few games upon activation. When Rodriguez is activated, the Yankees will likely trim a pitcher from their staff, trying to get from 13 hurlers to 12.