Is Alex Rodriguez Ready To Return?

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The New York Yankees announced Monday that Alex Rodriguez will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Low-A Charleston. It will be his first test in a game since undergoing hip surgery in January. The plan seems to be for Rodriguez to play at least three innings in tonight's game. In addition to trying to make a successful return to the Bronx Bombers, MLB officials are also investigating his alleged role in the Biogenesis scandal. Rodriguez hit .272 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs last season. Since he has been out of action, his is replacements have struggled and the Yankees desperately need to get a few of their big bats back in the lineup. Rodriguez might not be the player he once was for the Yankees, but it won't take much for him to be an upgrade over what the Yankees have received from their third basemen this season. We'll begin to see tonight if he is ready to return to the physical demands the game puts on players. 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • R.A. Dickey continues to show signs of improvement as he now has thrown back-to-back quality starts for the Blue Jays on Canada Day. Dickey went seven strong innings as he allowed two runs Monday against the Tigers. He scattered six hits while walking just one batter and striking out four Tigers.
  • Bryce Harper returned from the disabled list on Monday and homered in his first at-bat since. Harper wasted no time returning from the DL as he hit a home run in the first inning.
  • Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI, and four runs scored in Monday's victory over the Twins. It does not seem to matter that Cano has little protection around him in the Yankees lineup these days. He just keeps on hitting home runs.
  • Paul Goldschmidt smashed his 20th home run of the season, but the D'Backs lost in extra-innings to the Mets. Goldschmidt continues his breakout year as he leads to National League with 69 RBI.
  • Jordan Zimmerman earned his 12th victory on Monday night as the Nationals defeated the Brewers 10-5. Zimmerman was cruising along until the 5th and 6th innings when he allowed four runs and clearly ran out of gas in the 6th. Zimmerman leads the National League with his 12 victories.
  • Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with a solo homer Monday against the Tigers. Reyes has looked good since returning from the disabled list and still has time to post solid offensive numbers this year.
  • Evan Longoria (foot) missed his third straight game Monday, but the Rays are confident that Longoria will be able to avoid the disabled list. Longoria is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
  • Gerardo Parra left Monday's game against the Mets after he attempted to make a diving catch. He landed face first, but he was cleared of a concussion. It would not be surprising if Parra is not in the lineup tonight.
  • Jason Werth went 2-for-5 and he drove in five runs Monday. Werth has been such a disappointment this year and has never lived up to the big contract the Nationals gave him. Let's hope this is the beginning of a hot streak for him.