A-Rod slated to rehab with Trenton on Monday
NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez's tumultuous Minor League rehabilitation assignment will reach the Double-A level on Monday, as he will be promoted to join the Trenton Thunder for their 7:05 p.m. ET game in Reading, Pa.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has confirmed the club's plans for Rodriguez, who is scheduled to leave Florida after playing in one final game for Class A Tampa on Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Rodriguez's promotion comes after news that the slugger did not show up to the team's facilities for a game on Friday following a meeting in the Tampa area with Major League Baseball officials investigating the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs.
As reported by the New York Post, the Yankees also asked Rodriguez to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for their series in Buffalo, hoping to have him avoid a poor weather forecast in Florida.
Rodriguez declined, telling the Yankees that he was too worn down to go, according to the AP. Friday's game in Tampa was rained out; Rodriguez played for Tampa on Saturday, going 0-for-3.
Rodriguez told reporters on Saturday that the situation was "news to me."
''It was rained out,'' Rodriguez said, according to the AP. ''Whatever conversations I have with my coaches and my trainers, I will keep that private. More importantly, today we played a full game.''
Entering play on Sunday, Rodriguez was 2-for-18 with one RBI and five strikeouts in seven games during his rehab assignment with Class A Charleston and Tampa.
''I thought today was probably the happiest I've been with the way my body reacted,'' Rodriguez said after Saturday's game. ''I thought the way I swung the bat, it felt like I had more power behind my swings. Those are the types of things I'm looking for.''
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the reports he has received on Rodriguez's progress "have been OK." Rodriguez's 20-day Minor League rehab stint would end on July 22, when the Yankees are scheduled to open a four-game series with the Rangers in Arlington.
"Physically, he's doing OK," Girardi said. "We'll just keep rehabbing and trying to lengthen him out, play him a couple of days in a row and see what we have after the 20 days."