It’s official, Alex Rodriguez is back.
Just hours after he was slapped with a 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball, the Yankees announced that Rodriguez has been removed from the 60-day disabled list and will make his season debut Monday night in Chicago. He will hit cleanup and play third base as New York opens a three-game series against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Rodriguez has appealed the suspension, which would keep him out through the end of the 2014 season, and is eligible to play until his case is heard.
He has not played a game since last year’s American League Championship Series, but any sort of production will be an upgrade from what the Yankees have been fielding at his position this season. As a group, Yankees third baseman are hitting .215 with a team-low .557 OPS in 396 at-bats. Even in a down year by his standards, Rodriguez hit .272 with a .783 OPS in 122 games in 2012.
Check out the photo below to see the lineup the Yankees will be trotting out Monday night.
Tonight's NYY Lineup at Chicago-AL. First pitch at 8:10 ET. http://t.co/oILITK6sVm—
Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) August 05, 2013