Updating Grades, Twitter Reaction for A-Rod's Ongoing Rehab

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIIJuly 10, 2013

Jul 3, 2013; Charleston, SC, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, as part of the Charleston RiverDogs, sits in the dugout during a rehab game against the Rome Braves at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
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Alex Rodriguez had another bad day on Tuesday—and I'm not even talking about the Biogenesis scandal yet.

A-Rod suited up for the Tampa Yankees on Tuesday but once again struggled to make contact at the plate during his rehab stint.

The New York Yankees desperately need a third baseman and a solid right-handed bat in the lineup, but at the rate he's going, A-Rod won't be able to deliver for a while.

Let's take a look at Rodriguez's latest rehab start.


Rodriguez struggled at the dish yet again, going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts. He's now 1-for-12 with a single since he began his minor-league rehab.

After grounding out on the first pitch of his first at-bat, he struck out on three consecutive swings in the fifth and again went down on strikes on three pitches in the seventh.

For a 14-time All-Star who has won three MVP awards and has 647 career home runs, that's just embarrassing.

I've tried to be lenient when grading A-Rod since his return to baseball, but he has shown no signs whatsoever of improving.

The Yankees are in a bad situation with their lineup, and it doesn't look like Rodriguez will offer much help even when he returns. He has simply been pathetic.

Overall Grade: F

Twitter Reaction

While most of the tweets surrounding Rodriguez were about his pending situation in the Biogenesis scandal, there were a few concerning his actual play as well.

It started like any normal day for A-Rod, as he signed autographs for fans before the game:

Alex Rodriguez signs autographs before rehab start tonight for @TampaYankees #arod pic.twitter.com/TFO05C8YXI

—Dan Lucas (@WFLADan) July 9, 2013

The fans were even on his side for a bit when he was on the field:

@AROD I'm watching you play for the @TampaYankees right now!! #getwell pic.twitter.com/Y5awaomzOQ

—Brock Moldenhauer (@MoldyBrock) July 9, 2013

However, things got real ugly real fast for A-Rod, as he struggled at the plate and fan after fan took shots at him via Twitter, most of which I can't even put into this article:

Another tough day for Alex Rodriguez: Alex Rodriguez had another rough day during his minor-league rehab assig... http://t.co/Tcg4LXEDbB

—Zen Baseball (@ZenBaseball) July 10, 2013

Alex Rodriguez is the all time biggest prick to ever play baseball. Jose Canseco is less of a douche than A-Rod.

—Elijah Bulriss (@OJAndVodka) July 10, 2013

Rodriguez still has to focus on baseball, however, and he plans on spending the rest of the week in Tampa before being promoted again and working his way back to the Bronx.

Alex Rodriguez says he expects to stay in Tampa all week for rehab games. Then headed north from there before going to Yankees.

—Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 9, 2013

What's Next?

It was a tough day for A-Rod, but things are about to get tougher.

ESPN reported that Rodriguez is one of the headliners in a group that will likely be suspended by MLB after the All-Star break.

Commissioner Bud Selig's office is expected to suspend Braun and Rodriguez, along with as many as 20 players sometime after next week's All-Star break, for their roles in the Biogenesis case, several sources told "Outside the Lines." As OTL reported, MLB started building cases against the players last month after Bosch agreed to cooperate with investigators.


Rodriguez has said that he wants to use all 20 rehab games, but that would have him MLB-ready after these suspension are supposed to occur, essentially ending his season before it begins.

Rodriguez's next step appears to be to ensure that he can get on the field when he's healthy, as The Star-Ledger has reported that he will speak to MLB officials on Friday in hopes of salvaging his 2013 season.

While his rehab is what's important right now (after all, he has to be in shape if he's ever going to play again), Rodriguez now has the Biogenesis scandal looming over him, and it looks like things are only going to get worse for the Yankee third baseman.


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