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Three Yankees set for rehab games Friday

Two Bombers starting and one continuing down road to recovery
08/31/2012 11:23 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro
As the New York Yankees get ready to face the Baltimore Orioles in a pivotal three-game series at Yankee Stadium Friday night, three banged up Bombers will be down on the farm taking their next step in the road to recovery.

Down in Lakeland, Florida, Alex Rodriguez will officially begin his rehabilitation assignment with the Tampa Yankees, taking a turn as the designated hitter in their game against the Lakeland Tigers. A-Rod has been out for more than a month recuperating from a fractured left hand, and multiple sources have reported that if all goes well as the DH tonight, he will likely play third base for Tampa on Saturday.

Also down rehabbing with the T-Yanks in Lakeland is pitcher David Aardsma, who is slated to pitch tonight and officially begin his second comeback attempt this season. Aardsma, who had Tommy John surgery in 2011, initially began a rehab assignment back in June with the GCL Yankees, but was shut down after three appearances and five innings pitched due to soreness in his elbow. The former Mariners closer saved 69 games for Seattle in 2009 and 2010, and if he comes through this assignment healthy, he could potentially help the Bombers’ bullpen in the final days of the season.

And speaking of bullpen arms, another hurler who hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2010, Pedro Feliciano, will be taking the next step in his rehab from rotator cuff surgery with the Short-Season Class-A Staten Island Yankees on Friday night.

Feliciano began his rehab assignment on August 10, and so far, has made seven appearances between the GCL, Tampa, and Double-A Trenton. The 36-year-old lefty has allowed just two runs while striking out eight in 6.1 innings pitched in those appearances, and with his rehab clock set to expire on September 9, he appears to be in line to be activated by the Yankees sometime in the next week.

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