A-Rod may return to Yankees vs. Rays

Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, playing for Class A Tampa, grounded out in his first at-bat Friday in his first appearance since going on the disabled list July 25 with a broken left hand after being hit by a pitch.

Rodriguez led off and started as the DH at Lakeland. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. He is scheduled to play third base tonight when Tampa visits Lakeland again.

GM Brian Cashman said Rodriguez would not play for the Yanks against Baltimore this weekend, but he could rejoin the team Monday when it visits the Rays starting Monday. "We'll be traveling down to him, so I'm certainly not ruling it out," Cashman told ESPN.com. "But let's see what we see this weekend."

More Yankees: LHP Andy Pettitte threw off a mound for the first time since going on the DL on June 28 with a broken left ankle. He said he felt good while making about 20 pitches as he tries to return before the end of the regular season so he can be included in a potential playoff rotation. "If I go backwards, there's no way I can get ready," said Pettitte, who had a setback in July during his rehab. "I'm going to try to be as cautious as I can." He will be examined by a team physician today.

Marlins owner puzzled: Owner Jeffrey Loria said he will wait until after the season before evaluating his disappointing Marlins team. "I thought this team was a contender this year. We have to figure out what went wrong," he said of Miami, which is 59-72 and last in the NL East.

Rollins returns: Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins returned to the lineup a day after he was benched during a game for failing to hustle. Manager Charlie Manuel pulled Rollins after two baserunning mistakes, including not hustling on a popup that was dropped for an error. Manuel said Rollins apologized. "You break the rules, that was the punishment," Rollins said. "It's really that simple."

Votto's status: Reds manager Dusty Baker said he would like to have injured Joey Votto (knee surgery) back in the lineup Monday, but he hasn't ruled out the first baseman rejoining the team this weekend. Votto is on a rehab assignment at Class A Dayton.

Twins-Royals Postponed: Rain prevented the start of the game in Kansas City, so it will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting at 3:10 today.

Tigers-Braves trade: Detroit traded OF Jeff Baker, who had been designated for assignment, to Atlanta for a player to be named no later than Sept. 30.

Cardinals: All-Star SS Rafael Furcal was put on the 15-day DL because of a strained right elbow. He said he felt a pop in his elbow in the sixth inning Thursday. SS Pete Kozma was promoted from Triple-A Memphis and started.

Dodgers: RHP Chad Billingsley had his right elbow injected with platelet-rich plasma in an attempt to keep pitching this year, ESPN.com reported. He has been on the DL twice this year with inflammation in the elbow.

Nationals: Reliever Henry Rodriguez had surgery on his right elbow because of a bone chip and is out for the season.

Pirates: RHP Jeff Karstens, pitching for the first time since he was removed last week because of a groin strain, came out due to discomfort in his right hip flexor after getting just one out Friday. Five of the first six Brewers reached base, and RHP Kyle McPherson replaced Karstens after his 20th pitch.

A-Rod may return to Yankees vs. Rays 08/31/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 1, 2012 12:34am]

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