Report: A-Rod Expects to Rejoin Yanks on Monday
Is Alex Rodriguez's long-awaited and long-fretted-over return to the Yankees upon us at last? To hear, A-Rod tell it, yes, it might be. Here's what Rodriguez told WFAN on Wednesday:
"I will be back on Monday, and I'm very excited."
It should be noted that A-Rod qualified that declaration by saying, "If I have a good weekend, I'll be there in Texas."
On Monday, the Yankees begin a four-game road series against the Rangers. The team hasn't made any announcement regarding Rodriguez's status.
Rodriguez, 37, is working his way back from offseason hip surgery. The timetable isn't earth-shattering, considering his 20- game rehab stint is scheduled to end Monday.
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