A-Rod back in Yankees lineup as DH

Updated: June 17, 2010, 1:19 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

Alex Rodriguez, sidelined since Thursday with what the Yankees are calling a strained hip flexor and A-Rod is calling a sore groin, returned to the cleanup spot Wednesday night, although not as a third baseman but as a designated hitter.

"We watched him take ground balls [Tuesday] and we just didn't think he had the lateral movement that we wanted to see quite yet," manager Joe Girardi said before his team's game against the Phillies at Yankee Stadium. "So we're going to ease him back into ...

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