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Saturday, July 20, 2013
Rapid Reaction: A-Rod 0-for-4, 3 Ks

By Ian Begley

MOOSIC, Pa. -- Alex Rodriguez is just one day away from joining the Yankees -- as long as his ailing left quad doesn't get in the way.

Rodriguez went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts for Triple-A Scranton in a rehab game on Saturday night. The results at the plate weren't pretty, but of greater concern for Rodriguez right now is the health of his quad.

A-Rod was supposed to play third base on Saturday but was moved to DH shortly before the game due to tightness in his left quad.

It is unclear at this point if the injury will impact his promotion to the big leagues.

The injury is significant because it may prevent A-Rod from returning to the Yankees.

Rodriguez, who underwent hip surgery in January, has one day left in his 20-day rehab stint.

After he plays in Sunday afternoon's game with Scranton, the Yankees have to decide whether they want to recall Rodriguez to the majors or keep him on the disabled list.

GM Brian Cashman has said that he expects Rodriguez to return to the Yankees on Monday if he makes it through his final rehab game without incident. But will the quad get in the way?

Here is a brief breakdown of A-Rod's night Saturday:

AT THE PLATE: It wasn't pretty for A-Rod. Scranton billed this night as "Christmas in July" at the ballpark, but it looked a lot like October for Rodriguez.

He struck out three times -- once looking -- and lined out to right.

Overall, Rodriguez is 8-for-40 with two homers and 11 strikeouts in 13 rehab games.

He's flashed some power this week -- with two homers and several hard-hit balls in his last four games. But the three strikeouts on Saturday have to be a bit concerning considering A-Rod is likely one game away from a return to the majors.

IN THE FIELD: A-Rod was supposed to play third on Saturday. The guess here is that he serves as Scranton's DH again on Sunday to give his quad a rest before he rejoins the Yanks on Monday.

ON THE BASES: Rodriguez didn't show any hitch in his step when he ran out a line-drive to right in the first, which is a good sign.

WHAT'S NEXT: A-Rod is expected to play Sunday for Scranton before heading to Arlington, Texas, to join the Yanks for a three-game series against the Rangers beginning Monday.