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 in the field rather than be designated hitter 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 announced Sunday that Rodriguez would be released following Friday night's game. Rodriguez will then become an adviser and instructor for the team.

Rodriguez batted cleanup in his usual role of 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.

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