Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez Hits First Home Run of Rehab Assignment

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees hit the first home run of his minor-league rehabilitation stint, a two-run shot in his debut for the Double-A Trenton Thunder.

Rodriguez, 37, who is fifth on Major League Baseball’s career list with 647 home runs, hasn’t played for the Yankees this season while recovering from left hip surgery in January.

Rodriguez’s two-run homer in the fifth inning of Trenton’s 6-5 win in Reading, Pennsylvania, last night was his first since Sept. 14, 2012. It was the ninth game of Rodriguez’s 20-day minor-league rehab, which ends July 22.

The Yankees’ third baseman went 2-for-4 last night and is 5-for-25 with five runs batted in during his rehab assignment.

Rodriguez hit .272 for the Yankees last season with 18 home runs and 57 runs batted in. The three-time American League Most Valuable Player batted .120 with 12 strikeouts in 25 at-bats during the postseason and then in January had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.

Baseball is continuing to investigate Rodriguez’s link to a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Florida that the Miami New Times said provided players with performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez is among as many as 20 players said to face suspension in the league’s investigation of Biogenesis.

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