A-Rod's return could come in Arlington

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Former Ranger Alex Rodriguez started his trek back to the New York Yankees' lineup by going hitless in two at-bats during his first rehab game with the Charleston RiverDogs on Tuesday night.

Rodriguez is eligible to return to the Yankees on July 22, the day the Rangers and New York begin a four-game series in Arlington.

Yes, A-Rod could make his long-awaited 2013 debut at Rangers Ballpark once his 20-day rehab assignment ends. Rodriguez had hip surgery in January.

Rangers fans -- who have booed Rodriguez unmercifully since he orchestrated his way out of town via a trade to the Yankees in 2004 -- aren't likely to give A-Rod a warm reception upon his return to the Yankees lineup.

Then again, with the way the 2012 season ended and the way his offseason has gone with his name attached to the Miami Biogenesis clinic, Yankees fans might have a rough welcome for him too.