A-Rod gets ABs in simulated game, may return Thursday

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez is ready for the next step in his rehabilitation program.

Rodriguez got 13 at-bats in a simulated game and did situational work at third base at the Yankees' minor league complex Sunday. He had right knee surgery July 14.

A-Rod said the plan was for him to have an off day Monday and then play in a game Tuesday night at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The three-time AL MVP did not rule out rejoining the Yankees for the start of a series Thursday at Minnesota.

"I'm looking forward to the next step and just staying one day at a time," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez played in games Friday and Saturday as the designated hitter for Class-A Tampa.

On Sunday, Rodriguez faced three Yankees minor league pitchers broken down into three segments.

Before his first at-bat, Rodriguez joked with injured pitcher Mark Prior that "you have to boo ... Minnesota boos."

After the first and second hitting sessions, Rodriguez took part in extensive defensive drills.

"A good day," he said.

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