A-Rod cleared by Yanks to play injury-rehab games

Yankees fans have to hope that Alex Rodriguez’s comeback from injury goes better than that of Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis. All three ended up back on the disabled list after briefly returning to action. Teixeira, who need surgery on his left wrist, will be gone for the rest of the season. The Yankees are hopeful that Granderson, who broke his hand, will return sometime later this month and Youkilis, who required spinal surgery, perhaps in September.

Rodriguez, who had off-season left hip surgery, was finally given clearance to begin an injury-rehabilitation assignment by the Yankees Monday and will play a minimum of three innings for Class A Charleston Tuesday night. The Yanks chose the South Carolina affiliate because there are weather issues for Triple A Scranton and Double A Trenton, although A-Rod eventually will make stops in both minor-league towns as he works his way back to the Yankees.

“I’m actually very excited,” Rodriguez told reporters in Tampa where he has been working out at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “It will be the first game I’ve played in maybe over eight months. It has been a long time. And it will be great to suit up again. Its gets me one step closer to helping my team win in New York.’’

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