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Rodriguez plays third base in rehab stint

09/01/2012 8:34 PM ET
By The Associated Press

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez went hitless in four at-bats and played in the field for the first time during his three-game rehab assignment with the Single A Tampa Yankees on Saturday.

He flew out to shallow right in his first at-bat, grounded out and struck out twice. He handled his only chance at third when he fielded a soft grounder.

Rodriguez is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts during his stint with the Tampa Yankees. Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman indicated that there was a good chance that Rodriguez would join the Yankees on Monday when they open a three-game series in St. Petersburg, Fla. with the Tampa Bay Rays. He is expected to be the designated hitter in Sunday's morning minor league game in Lakeland.

Rodriguez has missed a little more than a month with a broken bone in his left hand suffered when he was struck by a Felix Hernandez pitch. Rodriguez, batting .276 with 15 homers for the season, went on the disabled list on July 25 and had eight doubles in his last 23 games before his injury.

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