Despite all of the controversy surrounding Alex Rodriguez and whether or not the Yankees are trying to keep him off of the field, Alex Rodriguez made his first rehab appearance today. Batting second for the Charleston River Dogs, Rodriguez struggled at the plate. He grounded into a double play in his first at bat, and followed that up with a strikeout looking on a 2-2 pitch.
Rodriguez, who has been sidelined for the entire 2013 season, has made his way to the spotlight yet again in recent weeks, first for his tweets concerning his rehab process, next for his reported insistence that the Yankees were intentionally slowing down his rehab process in order to collect on his insurance policy.
Rodriguez has been declining steadily since 2008, when he hit .302/.392/.573 with 35 homers and 103 RBIs. Since then, he hasn’t hit higher than .286, nor has he hit more than 30 homers. In his injury-shortened 2012, he hit just .272/.353/.430 with 18 homers.
Despite his lackluster performance, and his contract (which has nearly 100 million remaining on it), Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman insists that the Yankees want Rodriguez back ASAP. The Yankees’ offense definitely could use a boost, as they were one of the weaker offensive teams in all of baseball in June.