{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Girardi hopes A-Rod can return to hot corner

Girardi hopes A-Rod can return to hot corner

|
Girardi hopes A-Rod can return to hot corner

NEW YORK -- Joe Girardi is hoping he'll be able to pencil Alex Rodriguez in at third base sometime soon, but the Yankees manager still isn't sure when that might happen.

Rodriguez, who was the Yankees' designated hitter on Saturday, has been limited to the DH role for 10 consecutive games since leaving a Sept. 11 game with left hamstring tightness and leaving Sunday's game with a tight right calf.

"I've just kind of been taking it day by day, series by series. I'm thinking that we'll get through this weekend and see where we are," Girardi said. "Hopefully he's available to us. If he's not, I'll just continue to do what we're doing."

Girardi said after Friday's game that Rodriguez looked like he was running "more freely," while Rodriguez said that his legs were feeling better and hopes he can play third base again soon.

"I'll have a conversation here with Joe hopefully in the next day or two," Rodriguez said. "I can get out there and make our lineup a little bit deeper."

Girardi said being able to put Rodriguez back at third base would give him more flexibility in putting together the lineup, because he could give other players a day at DH. Girardi also said he likes the experience Rodriguez brings to the position.

Mark Reynolds and Eduardo Nunez have been splitting time at third base while Rodriguez has been limited to DH duties.

Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español