A-Rod is in Thursday's lineup, batting fourth and playing DH, and he will be in Friday night's lineup as well. That is scheduled to be his final MLB game. During a radio interview Thursday, Rodriguez said he asked to play third base for old time's sake Friday night, but the request was denied.
Interesting nugget on @TMKSESPN: ARod asked Girardi if he could play third base on Friday. Girardi said no.— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) August 11, 2016
A-Rod is strictly a DH these days. He's 41 and has had major surgery on both hips in recent years, so his mobility in the field is pretty much nil. Still, Rodriguez clearly loves baseball, and he hoped to play the field one last time. No dice.
For what it's worth, A-Rod doesn't seem too upset about it.
A-Rod on Joe nixing his request to play 3B tomorrow: 'It would've been just fun again but it wasn't a big request. I totally get the answer'— Pete Caldera (@pcaldera) August 11, 2016
It's worth noting A-Rod very nearly played third base in a game earlier this season. The Yankees ran out of players during an interleague game in San Diego, and had the game gone into extra innings, Rodriguez would have had to play third base. He looked like a kid on Christmas when he went into the clubhouse to get his glove.
During A-Rod's retirement announcement press conference last weekend Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he would talk to Rodriguez and get him in the lineup as much as he wanted this week. That hasn't happened though. Girardi backtracked and sat A-Rod on Tuesday and Wednesday, saying he was putting the best lineup on the field.
Rodriguez has not played the field at all since last May. The Yankees are 57-56 and 4 1/2 games back of the second wild card spot, so while they are still technically in the race, they're a long shot. There are four teams ahead of them in the wild card standings.