Via Peter Botte, third baseman Alex Rodriguez will begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Tampa tomorrow. He will DH in that game and if all goes well, he’ll play the field on Saturday.
A-Rod has been on the DL since late-July with a broken hand suffered when Felix Hernandez hit him with a pitch, and since then the team’s replacements at the hot corner have hit .319/.367/.555 with seven homers. Most of that stems from Eric Chavez’s crazy hot streak earlier this month. With Mark Teixeira on the shelf with a calf problem, getting A-Rod back (even as a DH) would be a huge help to the offense.