The moment the baseball world has been waiting for is almost here. OK, maybe I’m overdoing it a little. After facing a pitching machine during an intrasquad game today, Alex Rodriguez is ready for his first real-live game action since September of 2013.
According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said this afternoon that Rodriguez will make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Phillies at Steinbrenner Field. The plan calls for him to serve as the DH and get two or three at-bats.
The Yankees actually begin their exhibition schedule tomorrow against the Phillies in Clearwater, but Rodriguez won’t be making the trip. Instead he’ll stay back to take batting practice and field grounders at third base and first base.
It’s worth noting that Wednesday’s game will be shown on both MLB Network and YES Network, if you are so inclined.