A-Rod told he won't play field Friday in final Yankees game

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez warms up before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Alex Rodriguez has been turned down in his request to play the field for his final game with the New York Yankees.Manager Joe Girardi said A-Rod wouldn't play third base Friday night at Yankee Stadium against Tampa Bay

BOSTON — Alex Rodriguez has been turned down in his request to play the field for his final game with the New York Yankees.

Manager Joe Girardi said A-Rod wouldn't be at third base Friday night at Yankee Stadium against Tampa Bay.

Rodriguez had asked to return to his old position for the last game. He hasn't played the field this season.

"We thought about it but he hasn't done any work," Girardi said before Thursday night's game at Boston. "It's not that I wouldn't like to see it, but we're in a part of the season where we are trying to win. We're still in this and I just felt that the situation hasn't presented itself."

The Yankees plan a pregame ceremony Friday night to recognize Rodriguez. The team announced last weekend that after the game, he will be released and then become an adviser and instructor for the club.

Rain is in the New York forecast Friday night.

Rodriguez batted cleanup as the designated hitter Thursday. He was booed by Red Sox fans when he came to the plate in the second inning and had a soft lineout.

Rodriguez did not play in the series opener Tuesday and was a pinch-hitter Wednesday night.

You may also like these

Fijians demand Olympic gold for spiritual home of...

Aug 11, 2016

When rugby sevens was added to the Olympic program for Rio seven years ago, there was an almost...

Biles, Phelps power their way to more gold in Rio

Aug 12, 2016

Michael Phelps wins 22nd Olympic gold and Simone Biles soars to the all-around women's gymnastics...

Several Olympic swimmers listed with wrong...

Aug 12, 2016

Several swimmers were listed with the wrong qualifying times coming into the Rio Olympics

For many viewers, the (sexist) games have indeed...

Aug 11, 2016

For many viewers, the (sexist) games have indeed begun

As Rio relies on free labor, IOC execs get $900...

Aug 11, 2016

IOC calls its president and executives 'volunteers'; they just happen to get $900 per diems

Sign up now!