Alex Rodriguez activated, batting cleanup in first game back

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Alex Rodriguez is finally back in action.

According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, the veteran third baseman was activated from the 15-day disabled list before Sunday’s series finale against the Twins. He’s manning the hot corner and batting cleanup in his first big league game since July 7.

A-Rod missed about five weeks while recovering from surgery to repair a slightly torn meniscus in his right knee. The 35-year-old has a .295/.366/.485 batting line with 13 home runs and 52 RBI through 344 plate appearances this season.

Rodriguez went 4-for-11 with a double and a home run during a four-game minor league rehab assignment.

The Yankees optioned left-hander Aaron Laffey to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to clear roster space.

Yankees activate Didi Gregorius from the disabled list

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The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.

Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.

Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.

Mets to place Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets will place outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Cespedes left Thursday’s game after suffering the injury running the bases.

Things keep going poorly for the Mets, who are in last place in the NL East with an 8-13 record. Cespedes will join a lengthy list of names in the infirmary, including David Wright, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and Noah Syndergaard.

Cespedes is batting a very productive .270/.373/.619 with six home runs and 10 RBI through his first 75 plate appearances.

With Cespedes out, Michael Conforto should be cemented as an everyday player and Juan Lagares will handle center field with Granderson moving back to right field and Jay Bruce covering first base.