Alex Rodriguez is right on track.
According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, the Yankees third baseman took 13 at-bats in a simulated game Sunday in Tampa, Florida without feeling any lingering discomfort related to his mid-July knee surgery.
A-Rod will take the day off Monday before resuming his minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He had a double, a homer and two RBI in seven plate appearances at Single-A.
Rodriguez, 35, was batting .295/.366/.485 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI in 344 plate appearances before his minor knee procedure. He is aiming to return to the Yankees’ starting lineup on Thursday in Minnesota.
Eric Chavez and Eduardo Nunez have been handling the action at third base in A-Rod’s absence.
Tim Healey of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Marlins have signed free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin.
Maybin spent the 2017 season with the Angels and Astros, putting up a line of .228/.318/.365 in 450 plate appearances and appearing at least briefly in the World Series for Houston. That’s not the greatest batting line in the world, but he stole 33 bases in 114 games, so he has his value. Maybe more to fantasy players than a real baseball team, but the fact remains that if you don’t have three guys in the outfield, you’re gonna give up a lot of triples. Maybin will definitely be one of the guys in the outfield, at least part of the time.
This will be Maybin’s second tour of duty with the Marlins, having first come to them in 2007 in the famous — infamous, if you’re a Marlins fan — Miguel Cabrera trade. Maybin spent three seasons with the Marlins in that go-around.