Tampa Bay Rays
A-Rod to play in intrasquad game in Tampa today
TAMPA - New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will play in an intrasquad game in Tampa this morning as part of his rehabilitation from hip surgery, the team said. Surgeon Marc Philippon, who performed the procedure, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that A-Rod's rehab is ahead of schedule. The three-time American League MVP had been slated to return to the majors May 15, but could be back with 10 days. Until his return, Rodriguez is expected to play in extended spring training games to build up at-bats. A-Rod has been working out at the Tampa complex since April 15 and has been playing in simulated games this week. On Wednesday, he slid five times on a sliding mat for the second time, ran bases and took 112 swings in regular batting practice.A-Rod underwent arthroscopic surgery March 10 to repair torn cartilage in his right hip. Today's intrasquad game is at 11 a.m. at the Yankees' minor-league complex on North Himes Avenue.