On Monday night, Alex Rodriguez played in an MLB game for the first time in 10 months. A-Rod hit cleanup for the New York Yankees as they visited the Chicago White Sox to begin a three-game series. Chicago went on to win, 8-1.
Rodriguez made his return from hip surgery on the same day that he received a 211-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs and attempting to interfere with the league’s investigation. The suspension was set to begin Thursday, but he will be able to play for several more weeks as he appeals the punishment.
There has been speculation that Rodriguez won’t be a productive everyday player after having surgery. He struggled in last year’s playoffs so much that manager Joe Girardi was forced to bench him in multiple games. In 25 postseason at-bats against the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers, the veteran had just three hits and 12 strikeouts.
A-Rod got off to a good start in his return, picking up a single in his first plate appearance. That would be the only time he reached base, however, as he finished the contest 1-for-4. His hardest hit ball came on his third at-bat when he lined out deep to left field. When he got up to the plate for a fourth and final time, Rodriguez struck out looking with a man on second base.
Below are video highlights of every Rodriguez at-bat. As expected, he was greeted with boos by the White Sox fans.