In other injured Yankees star news, Alex Rodriguez, coming back from hip surgery in January, had five simulated at-bats Friday and again Saturday. That latest step suggests he should be close to returning, Girardi said. On Friday, the third baseman had a hit and a couple of walks, the manager said. On Saturday, he had three grounders to short, a line single to center and a walk against a minor league left-hander.
Mark Didtler in Tampa, Fla., contributed to this report.