A source with knowledge of Rodriguez’s rehab assignment told me on Tuesday that the 37-year-old slugger will take Wednesday off before moving to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he will join the RailRiders from Thursday to Sunday. During that stretch, the team will square off against the Louisville Bats.
Rodriguez’s rehab hasn’t exactly been going smoothly. He’s only hitting just .200 (in 25 at bats) with just one homer in his nine games playing for Trenton, Tampa, and Charleston. That home run came occurred when Trenton was on the road in Reading. It was a two-run shot that traveled 400 feet. He also finished that game 2-4 so it was his best performance to date. Of course, his slow start is to be expected because this is his Spring Training but the other reasons why his rehab hasn’t been going smoothly are the constant Biogenesis updates, the Cashman blow up and the fact that he went AWOL in Tampa last week.
With this timetable in place, it would set up a Yankees return for Rodriguez, this coming Monday against the Texas Rangers in Arlington.