Bombers bits

Bombers bits

• Girardi said he thinks "it's possible" that Alex Rodriguez will join the team in Chicago on Monday for its series against the White Sox. Rodriguez played for Double-A Trenton on Friday and is scheduled to do so again Saturday.

"I think if we didn't [expect Rodriguez to play], I believe that we wouldn't have him go through the rehab," Girardi said. "We expect him to be a player. I can't tell you what's going to happen. Only Major League Baseball knows what's going to happen. So we have to prepare as if he's going to be a player for us."

• Friday marks the Yankees' first game at Petco Park. They played in San Diego during the 2002 regular season, going 2-1 at Qualcomm Stadium, and won twice here in the 1998 World Series.

• On this date in 1979, Yankees captain Thurman Munson died at age 32 in a plane crash while practicing takeoffs and landings in Canton, Ohio. His uniform No. 15 was immediately retired.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.