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.
Yasiel Puig mania at Chavez Ravine is in full effect these days and he ended his phenomenal first month in the major leagues with his first four-hit game. Puig finished June with 44 hits for the second-most in a player's first month in the major leagues. Joe DiMaggio had 48 in May 1936. Puig went 4-for-5 with a triple and two stolen bases Sunday against the Phillies. Puig continues to stay hot as he now owns a .436 batting average. When Carl Crawford returns from the disabled list there is no way Puig will be the one sitting down. Look for Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp to share playing time in center field and the one that is swinging the hotter bat will get the playing time. Puig's hot streak is incredible and talk of MVP-MVP could soon be echoing throughout Los Angeles.