A-Rod statement on Thome's 600th HR

The Yankees released a statement from Alex Rodriguez , in regards to Jim Thome joining him and six others in baseball's 600-homer club:

"Jim is one of the easiest players of our generation to root for. It's hard to overshadow 600 home runs, because it is a tremendous accomplishment and an exclamation point on a career bound for the Hall of Fame. But to me, the way he has treated the game -- and the people in and around it -- will always be the first thing that I think of when I think of Jim Thome. In so many ways, he is a legend of our game."

A-Rod, recovering from July knee surgery, is scheduled to play the first of two rehab games for AAA Scranton tonight in preparation for rejoining the Yankees later this week in Minnesota.