Alex Rodriguez is in the building.
The New York Yankees' third baseman made his arrival in Charleston, where he'll begin a rehab assignment with the Charleston RiverDogs, the Yankees' Single-A affiliate.
The RiverDogs are hosting the Rome Braves in a series through Wednesday.
Lucas Sims, last year's first-round pick of the Braves, tweeted his reaction to A-Rod starting his rehab while they were in town:
Alex Rodriguez is playing against us tomorrow in Charleston. That should be interesting.— Lucas Sims (@LSims_) July 1, 2013
Prior to making it out to the ballpark, Rodriguez had lunch with Yankees teammate Eduardo Nunez at a restaurant called Fleet Landing:
After lunch, he arrived at the ballpark and spoke to the media at 3:50 p.m.:
Here are multiple tweets from reporters covering the pregame presser:
A-Rod also said he will likely need the full 20-game rehab assignment before joining the #Yankees after the All-Star break.— Gavin Ewbank (@GavinEwbank2013) July 2, 2013
Arod says he will go to Lakeland after 2 games in Charleston— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 2, 2013
A-Rod says he still hasn't heard from #MLB investigators in the Biogenesis but will let future comments come from the Commissioner's office— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 2, 2013
ESPN plans to show each of Rodriguez's rehab at-bats Tuesday night, angering some fans:
I don't even have a joke. This is the joke. RT @awfulannouncing SportsCenter will show all of A-Rod's rehab at-bats live tonight.— Chuck (@chuckweekend) July 2, 2013
While many fans don't care, the story on Rodriguez is not going away and it's something we all have to get used to.
Regardless, barring any setbacks, Rodriguez is going to spend 20 games rehabbing and be ready after the All-Star break to rejoin the depleted Yankees lineup.