New York Yankee's Alex Rodriguez to play against Fightin Phils in Reading
All-Star 3rd baseman still recovering from off-season him surgery
Injured New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is set to join the Trenton Thunder as he recovers from hip surgery.
Rodriguez is expected to be with the Double-A team as the Thunder open a three-game series against the Fightin Phils at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading on Monday. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Rodriguez played with Tampa on Saturday and Sunday, going 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and two RBIs.
"I thought today was probably the happiest I've been with the way my body reacted," Rodriguez said after Saturday's game. "I thought the way I swung the bat, it felt like I had more power behind my swings. Those are the types of things I'm looking for."
Rodriguez, a three-time American League MVP and 14-time All-Star, underwent arthroscopic hip surgery during the off-season. He hasn't played in the majors yet this season.
Throughout 19 seasons in the majors -- 2,524 games with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees -- Rodriguez has hit .300 with 647 home runs, 1,950 RBIs and 512 doubles.
Rodriguez is the latest in a string of Major League Baseball players to pass through Reading in recent weeks. Others have included Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, John Lannan and Erik Kratz.
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