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Continued: Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez set to play 1st minor league game on rehab assignment

  • Article by: MARK DIDTLER , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 1, 2013 - 6:30 PM

"Two things — we're working with the scheduling, where all these teams are at. There's rain all over the East Coast. So, we're just going to try and run away, try to find some good sunshine."

"It has to do more with the weather. In an ideal world, we would always play at home because we can do more work, but if the weather is bad, we may have to jump over at X, Y or Z, depending where the sunshine is," he said.

Rodriguez walked out of the camp carrying an equipment bag while a clubhouse assistant brought a box of bats. They put them in Rodriguez's car, and he signed several autographs before driving off.

Rodriguez has 647 career home runs. The Yankees have struggled this season while Rodriguez and several other stars have been on the disabled list.

Rodriguez has 20 days on this assignment to get ready to play. Once he is ready, Girardi said he still envisions Rodriguez as an everyday third baseman with no plans to make him a primary designated hitter.

"We've had trouble scoring runs," Girardi said. "That's no secret. So it'd be nice to get some big bats back."

NOTES: SS Derek Jeter (ankle) ran the bases for the first time during his recent recovery. ... OF Curtis Granderson (broken finger) put on a glove and caught easy flyballs.

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