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Alex Rodriguez expected to be in Yankees lineup on Monday

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Streeter Lecka

Alex Rodriguez just finished up his stint with Double-A Trenton and will move up to Triple-A on Thursday in hopes of rejoining the Yankees next week. He recently spoke to Mike Francesa and confirmed that he expects to be back with the Yankees on Monday. His rehab assignment ends on Monday, July 22, when the Yankees take on the Texas Rangers, so at that point he will have to be either brought up or be forced to start another 20-day assignment after a five day waiting period.

This time A-Rod's injury comments fall in line with what the Yankees have said publicly concerning the injured third baseman. Brian Cashman has said he hopes to see him return on that day, but mostly because he has to be back by that day. Rodriguez was expected to need the full 20-day rehab assignment, unlike Derek Jeter, so this was all expected if he didn't have another setback.

In 28 at-bats between Low-A Charleston, High-A Tampa, and Double-A Trenton, A-Rod has collected five hits, a walk, and a home run, but also struck out seven times. He has received mixed reviews on his performance, but that has mostly come from reporters and anonymous scouts. The Yankees' evaluators must be impressed and confident enough in his ability to both hit and play the field.

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