Alex Rodriguez will continue his rehab stint in Charleston with another start on Wednesday night as he looks to bounce back from an 0-2 performance at the plate on Tuesday.
He has 20 days to complete his rehab assignment and said before the game he'd probably need all 20 games. He's expected to move up in the Yankees' farm system after the start Wednesday. He's scheduled to return to the big leagues shortly after the All-Star break.
A crowd of over 8,200 people packed into Joe Riley Park for his debut in Charleston's 4-2 win over the Rome Braves.
A-Rod, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery, grounded into a 5-4-3 double play in his first at bat in the first inning. He followed that up with a strikeout looking to end the third. He was removed from the game after 3 innings.
"It's a great blessing to be out there" Rodriguez said after he was taken out. "It's been a long fight and climb to get back. I was just pretty excited to get a couple at-bats."
"It's a pretty awesome atmosphere in South Carolina" he said. "I feel pretty welcome."
Defensively the 3-time AL MVP was tested twice including the first batter of the game when Rome's Kyle Wren bunted down the 3rd base line. Rodriguez fielded the ball cleanly but couldn't get the throw to first in time. In the 3rd inning, Jose Peraza also reached on a bunt.
Rodriguez wasn't the only Yankee playing in Charleston Tuesday night. Shortstop Eduardo Nunez was also in town rehabbing and went 2-3 with 2 singles.
For the everyday RiverDogs, getting a chance to play with major leaguers is certainly a big deal. Especially one with the credentials of Rodriguez. But he realizes playing with younger guys can have an impact on him as well.
"It's so nice playing with these young kids. Part of the rehab that's a blast is being able to have conversations and these kids have such great dreams. Pretty cool experience, not only for them but really for us."
As for the rest of the game, Angelo Gumbs went 2-4 with a HR and 2 RBI while Kelvin DeLeon added his 5th HR of the season. James Pazos pitched a perfect 8th inning for his first win of the season and Ben Paullus picked up his 4th save of the year.