NEW YORK: Alex Rodriguez, sidelined almost three weeks by a strained right hamstring, will return to the New York Yankees lineup on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), manager Joe Girardi announced on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
The 40-year-old designated hitter missed the entire 2014 Major League Baseball season while serving a suspension for his role in the Biogenesis doping scandal, but led the Yankees with 33 home runs last year while batting .252 with 131 hits and 86 runs batted in.
“A-Rod” will return to his designated hitter role in a three-game homestand against the Toronto Blue Jays after an extra four days of extra rehabilitation.
“It makes sense probably to give him a couple extra days,” Girardi said.
Rodriguez, who is batting .194 this season with five homers and 12 runs batted in over 20 games, said in March he plans to retire after the 2017 season when his 10-year, $275 million contract expires. He will make $21 million this year and next.
The three-time American League Most Valuable Player helped the Yankees win the World Series in 2009.
Rodriguez’s 692 career homers rank fourth on the all-time major league list behind Barry Bonds — another slugger with doping links — the leader with 762. Hank Aaron on 755 and Babe Ruth on 714.