A-Rod off to a slow start in rehab comeback in Charleston

Alex Rodriguez talks with the media in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday.

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is back on the field. A-Rod made his first rehab start for the Charleston Riverdogs in the South Atlantic League on Tuesday night, before a sold out crowd of 8,255.

Charleston, a Yankees Class A affiliate, is hosting Rodriguez for two days. He has not played in a Major League Baseball game since last October. He is trying to make a comeback from offseason hip surgery. The Yankees timetable for his rehab in the minors, according to A-Rod, is 20 days.

Charleston won their game 4-2 on Tuesday night against the Rome Braves. Rodriguez grounded into a double-play in his first plate appearance. He struck out in his final trip to the plate in just three innings of work.

After the game, Rodriguez told reporters, "It's a slow progression. Three innings is not a heck of a lot. Two at bats is not too much. It almost feels like March 1st for spring training."

A-Rod joked with reporters after his hitless performance, "Hey I told you guys I'm 38, how come you're picking on me like that."

Rodriguez added that he is confident he can meet the Yankees 20 day window of recovery and return to The Bronx.