Alex Rodriguez will continue his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton when they return from their All-Star break on Thursday. He is working out with Double-A Trenton today but will not play in a game after playing each of the last four days, including three times at third base. Brian Cashman confirmed yesterday the team will not activate Alex off the DL before Monday, when his 20-day rehab clock expires.
A-Rod, 37, has gone 5-for-28 (.179) in ten rehab games so far, though the results have been better in recent games. Considering that the team’s third baseman are hitting a woeful .225/.288/.301 (61 OPS+) this season, even a hobbled and declining A-Rod figures to be a pretty nice upgrade. For what it’s worth, MLBPA head Michael Weiner told reporters yesterday that suspensions stemming from the Biogenesis investigation are not imminent, and they are likely to be served in 2014 once the appeals process is complete. It seems unlikely the Yankees will get A-Rod back next week only to lose him to suspension a few days later, but we can’t completely rule it out obviously.