A-Rod off, Nunez on the way back

MINNEAPOLIS -- Alex Rodriguez has a scheduled day off Thursday, although manager Joe Girardi said the third baseman was likely to hit at Charleston, S.C., before heading to Lakeland, Fla., to play with the advanced Class A Tampa Yankees over the weekend.

Eduardo Nunez, on the other hand, does not get the Fourth of July hoiday off; he will play for AA Trenton on Thursday night and, according to Girardi, could rejoin the Yankees before the All-Star break.

"I think it's possible we'll get him before the break," Girardi said. "I think it depends on how he feels and how ready he feels he is. Our people will look at him and make a decision when we can get him back."

Nunez has been out since May 12 with an oblique strain. Upon his return, he will probably become the everyday shortstop with Jayson Nix now on the DL (hamstring strain) and the Yankees cobbling the position together with Luis Cruz and Alberto Gonzalez.

"That probably adds to [Nunez's] frustration," Girardi said. "It was a chance to play every day, a chance to kind of validate that you're an everyday player, and he's been hurt most of the time."