Alex Rodriguez didn't set the bar very high for himself before his first baseball game in nearly nine months.
"I've got to be realistic with myself," the injured New York Yankees third baseman said before the first game of his rehab assignment with the Charleston Riverdogs. "I'm almost 38, not 28. It's been a long time since I've done anything.''
The rust showed from the start of his three-inning appearance Tuesday night. He couldn't make the play at third on a bunt on the first pitch of the game. He also grounded into a double play and struck out looking in his first two at-bats since hip surgery in January.
Still, Rodriguez seemed anything but frustrated after the game.
“For me, it's just a great blessing to be back out there,” he said. “It's been a long fight, a hard climb and I was just pretty excited to get a couple of at-bats and get in the mix.”