Yankees skipper Joe Girardi announced this evening that Alex Rodriguez will join the team Friday in Baltimore at the start of a three-game series and a six-game road trip that will have the Yankees traveling to Toronto to face the AL East leaders.

Rodriguez has been in Tampa Bay, Florida for the last 5 weeks rehabbing his hip injury.

“He feels he’s ready and we think it’s great,” Girardi said. “It’s great to have your No. 4 hitter come back. In a sense it’s like we made a huge trade. We didn’t have him the first five weeks so we’re all very excited.”

Hopefully A-Rod will be the spark the 13-14 Yankees need to realize their potential.