The Yankees announced Monday that Controversial star Alex Rodriguez has been cleared by team doctors to begin his rehab assignment. Rodriguez will start and play at least three innings at third base for Class A Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday night.
It’s no secret that A-Rod is optimistic about his return from left hip surgery. Last week, just day’s after joining Twitter, A-Rod took to the social media platform to share a seemingly harmless update on his staus, which ultimatly led to a public war of words between Rodriguez and Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman.
The dust from last weeks controversy has seemed to settle as Rodriguez has finally been cleared by the Yankees doctors. Now, Rodriguez is finally ready to make his way back to a club that doesn’t want him, but desperately needs him. Although Rodriguez’s rehabilitation is nearing an end, A-Rod will find himself attempting a different type of rehabilitation when he returns to the Yankees, as many fans and people around the league have grown tired of Rodriguez, and the controversy that always seems to follow the former MVP.
Despite the off the field concerns with Rodriguez, there is no doubt that the Yankees need his bat back in their lineup. Last season Rodriguez hit .272 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs. While those may not be the Ruthian numbers Rodriguez used to post earlier in his career, they would be a major upgrade over his replacements, who have struggled to be productive. Kevin Youkilis is out for the foreseeable future after having surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back, and David Adams is hitting just .186 in 102 at-bats.
Even when Rodriguez does find his way back in Pinstripes there is no guarantee that it will be for long, as the MLB is currently seeking suspensions for all the players linked to the league’s latest PED scandal, something that Rodriguez just cannot seem to get away from.