Alex Rodriguez may return Thursday

Updated: August 12, 2011, 9:41 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

Alex Rodriguez is expected to rejoin the New York Yankees during their trip to Minnesota next week, according to manager Joe Girardi.

Rodriguez, out since July 8 with a torn meniscus in his right knee that was surgically repaired July 11, is scheduled to be the designated hitter in a minor league rehab game Friday in Florida and to play third base in a game Saturday.

After that, Rodriguez's fitness to return to the Yankees' lineup will be re-evaluated.

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