Alex Rodriguez will begin rehabilitation at the New York Yankees’ Florida training complex, while right-handed reliever Joba Chamberlain is the latest addition to the team’s disabled list with an abdominal muscle strain.
Rodriguez, 37, will arrive in Tampa, Florida, on May 6 to continue his recovery from left hip surgery, General Manager Brian Cashman said yesterday.
“Every conversation we’ve had with the physical therapist is that he’s exactly where he needs to be,” Cashman said on the team’s website. “He’s on time, he’s working hard. I’ve never heard anything about he’s ahead of schedule or ahead of time.”
Third baseman Rodriguez, writing on his Facebook page, said he was “really excited to be getting closer to being back on the field.” Rodriguez is fifth on the Major League Baseball career list with 647 home runs.
Chamberlain was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a mild right oblique strain, retroactive to April 28, the team said.
Shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman Kevin Youkilis, first baseman Mark Teixeira, outfielder Curtis Granderson, catcher Francisco Cervelli and pitchers Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda are also on the disabled list.
Chamberlain, 27, hasn’t pitched since April 27 because of the injury. He has a 3.86 earned run average and one save in 10 appearances this season.
“Joba is a pretty miraculous healer, more so than anybody I’ve seen,” Cashman said. “He does get hurt, but when he does, he usually bounces back pretty quick.”
While the disabled list expands, Cashman said the team would “keep plugging along.”
“This is a tough spot for Joba to have to take a time out for the next 14 days, but it’s going to give somebody else an opportunity and somebody else a chance to find a way to help us win games,” he said.