Alex Rodriguez was hitless in four at-bats over two games with the Yankees’ minor-league Charleston RiverDogs before heading for New York’s Tampa affiliate to continue his rehabilitation.
Rodriguez, 37, has 18 days to reach Major League Baseball status or return to the disabled list. He is recovering from January’s left hip surgery.
“I don’t mind if I save all my hits for New York,” said Rodriguez, who is joined by teammate Eduardo Nunez on the minor-league roster.
Rodriguez grounded out twice off 19-year-old right-hander Mauricio Cabrera, whose first pitch to the third baseman was clocked at 101 miles per hour (163 kph).
“I couldn’t believe it,” Rodriguez said. “It’s not very often you see 101.”
The Rome Braves beat the RiverDogs 8-5 in 10 innings last night at Riley Park in Charleston, South Carolina.
Rodriguez will work out today with the RiverDogs before meeting up with the Tampa team for two games in Lakeland, Florida.
Rodriguez said he is “chasing the sunshine” to get the most at-bats before his rehabilitation is over.
Rodriguez hit .272 last year with 18 home runs and 57 runs batted in. He batted .120 with 12 strikeouts in 25 at-bats in the postseason and had surgery in January to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.
Baseball is investigating Rodriguez’s link to a now-shuttered anti-aging clinic in Florida that the Miami New Times said provided players with performance-enhancing drugs.
The Yankees have been plagued by injuries this season. Still on the disabled list are catcher Francisco Cervelli, center fielder Curtis Granderson, shortstops Derek Jeter and Jayson Nix, pitcher Michael Pineda, first baseman Mark Teixeira and third baseman Kevin Youkilis.