ARod slides for the first time

According to SI, Alex Rodriguez slide for the first time today.

Alex Rodriguez participated in a sliding drill for the first time and got 15 at-bats Tuesday during his initial simulated game since undergoing right hip surgery last month.

The New York Yankees third baseman slid five times on a sliding mat, a key step in his rehab program. He also faced rehabbing pitchers Sergio Mitre (elbow) and Paul Patterson (shoulder) in the simulated game.

“A good day. It felt good,” Rodriguez said. “Good to be out there.”

This is great news. The sooner the Yankees get ARod back the better, but they can not rush him. The lineup could really benefit from him, especially Teixeira.

Update

According to Jon Heyman, ARod’s return has been pushed up a week from May 15. However, the  Yankees are not confirming it. I don’t see how this is news, we have figured this for weeks now.

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