So often the vortex of all things strange, Alex Rodriguez again will assume his accustomed role as center of attention on Friday night — though, for now, in the relatively staid setting of playing baseball for the Yankees. Not quite nine weeks after arthroscopic hip surgery March 9, and slightly ahead of schedule, Rodriguez is expected to bat cleanup and play third base when the Yankees begin a three-game series in Baltimore against the Orioles.
It will be the season opener for the 33-year-old Rodriguez in the team’s 29th game. To manager Joe Girardi, “in a sense, it will be like we just made a huge trade” to welcome back the 12th-most prolific home-run hitter (553) in history and a man with a career .306 average.- Newsday
Gayrod better bring his A game. He is definitely pumped to get back in the clubhouse showers. -TO