Alex Rodriguez returns from disabled list as Yankees’ designated hitter

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As expected Alex Rodriguez is off the disabled list and in the Yankees’ lineup for this afternoon’s game, batting cleanup and starting at designated hitter against the Rays.

Rodriguez has been out since mid-July with a broken hand and went 0-for-7 with four strikeouts on a brief minor-league rehab assignment at Single-A, so expecting an immediate impact is probably optimistic.

Rodriguez was having the worst season of his career before the injury, but hitting .276 with 15 homers and an .806 OPS in 94 games is still plenty solid production at designated hitter or third base and in the 37-year-old’s absence the Yankees were just 18-18.