Yankees expect mid-September return for A-Rod

When Alex Rodriguez broke his hand after being hit by a Felix Hernandez fastball two weeks ago the thought was that he would be back in six to eight weeks. Right now it looks like it could be closer to six weeks as they expect him back sometime in mid-September.

“He is doing conditioning and throwing and doing everything he can to stay in shape,’’ manager Joe Girardi told George King of the New York Post. “When it comes time to swing a bat, it shouldn’t be long.’’

A-Rod has been going through conditioning drills, swinging a bat one handed, and throwing in order to be as prepared as quickly as possible. The problem is going to be finding a place to rehab after the minor league seasons end in early September. It’s possible that he’s going to have to do simulated games rather than a traditional rehab. Hopefully that doesn’t delay his return or leave him not quite up to 100 percent when he returns.

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