Alex Rodriguez on track for mid-August return from surgery

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Alex Rodriguez’s recovery from July 11 knee surgery is going as planned, with general manager Brian Cashman saying yesterday that the Yankees third baseman is on track to return as soon as “the second week of August.”

Rodriguez was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks, but Cashman indicated that even a mid-August return would involve the Yankees “being conservative” with his recovery.

Rodriguez has progressed to working out on a bike and in a pool, although Cashman admitted that he has “still got a little bit of a limp, which is normal.”

Eduardo Nunez has stepped in at third base for Rodriguez, who hit .295 with 13 homers and an .852 OPS in 80 games prior to the injury. So far the Yankees are 8-6 without him in the lineup and as Cashman explained New York’s offense is strong enough to play it safe with his timetable.