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A-Rod could be back with Yanks Monday

NEW YORK — The Yankees hope to have 3B Alex Rodriguez back early next week.

Rodriguez, who has been out all year after offseason surgery on his left hip, is expected to complete his minor-league rehab this weekend then join New York in Texas on Monday or Tuesday, GM Brian Cashman told espn.com.

"That's the hope," Cashman told the website. "We'll see through the weekend. … Let's get through the weekend and see where he is at and see if he is major league able."

Rodriguez's 20-day rehab limit ends Sunday, and he told a New York radio station that he expects to be in the Yankees lineup Monday at Texas.

Rodriguez, 37, is 5-for-28 with one home run and six strikeouts after 10 minor-league rehab games. He's scheduled to start playing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre today.

"We're on schedule," Rodriguez told espn.com Wednesday morning after working out, saying he felt fit enough to appear in a game.

"After playing four straight games, seven- or eight-plus innings, and being able to play (Wednesday) if I had to, that's a great sign," he said.

CUBAN DEFECTS: LHP Misael Siverio told a Spanish-language newspaper that he has defected to the United States. Siverio, 24, was part of the Cuban national team that traveled to Iowa for an exhibition game against a collegiate all-star team from the U.S. But he told El Nuevo Herald in Miami he made the decision to leave his country "for my future and my family."

DRAFT DOLLARS: Teams spent $219.9 million on signing bonuses for selections in the amateur draft this year, up 6 percent from $207.8 million at a similar point last year. The rise followed a 10 percent drop from a record $233.6 million in 2011, the last year before restrictions imposed by baseball's collective bargaining agreement.

EXTRA PICKS: The Rockies, Orioles, Indians, Marlins, Royals and Brewers won picks after the first round of next year's draft in Major League Baseball's second annual competitive balance lottery. The Rays won a second-round pick, along with the Padres, Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Pirates and Mariners.

ALL-STAR RATINGS: The All-Star Game's television rating was up slightly from last year's record low. The American League's 3-0 victory Tuesday night on Fox earned a 6.9 rating and 12 share, up from a 6.8/12 in 2012.

D'BACKS: Miguel Perez Quintana, the team's Spanish play-by-play announcer, is in custody for allegedly threatening his wife with a knife. Court paperwork show Quintana, 53, is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal damage.

RANGERS: Club president of business operations Rick George resigned to become athletic director at the University of Colorado.

RED SOX: SS Stephen Drew, who has been on the disabled list since June 28 with right hamstring tightness, is scheduled to start a rehab assignment tonight with Double-A Portland and could be activated early next week.

A-Rod could be back with Yanks Monday 07/17/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 11:37pm]
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