NEW YORK -- The Yankees have reason to believe their roster is about to get stronger. Manager Joe Girardi spoke Saturday about the status of third baseman Alex Rodriguez, and he said that there's a decent chance that the 14-time All-Star may rejoin the team early next week in St. Petersburg when New York takes on the Rays.
Rodriguez went 0-for-3 with a walk in a rehab game for Class A Tampa on Friday night, and Girardi said he's set to play third base for Tampa on Saturday. Rodriguez is also set to serve as designated hitter in a game Sunday morning, and if all goes well, he could join the Yankees on Monday.
"I haven't talked to him this morning to see how he felt, but I got good reports," said Girardi. "I think it's definitely a possibility if he comes through the next two days, that he could join us in St. Petersburg."
Rodriguez has missed a little more than a month with a broken bone in his left hand suffered when he was struck by a Felix Hernandez pitch. Rodriguez, batting .276 with 15 homers for the season, went on the disabled list on July 25 and had eight doubles in his last 23 games before his injury.