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Yankees' Cashman to A-Rod: Shut (the bleep) up

NEW YORK — Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez tweeted that his hip surgeon cleared him to play in rehabilitation games.

The Yankees are not pleased.

Told about Rodriguez's tweet, GM Brian Cashman was livid.

"You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something," we will, Cashman told ESPN New York on Tuesday.

"Alex should just shut the (expletive) up. That's it. I'm going to call Alex now."

On Monday, Cashman told ESPN that Rodriguez, 37, hadn't been cleared by doctors to play in rehab games.

"He's getting closer, there's no doubt about it, but we don't have a date for him to start playing games yet," he said.

On Tuesday, Rodriguez appeared to contradict Cashman with his tweet: "Visit from Dr. (Bryan) Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news — the green light to play games again!"

Kelly performed left hip surgery on Rodriguez on Jan. 16. Cashman said Monday that Kelly had no jurisdiction over Rodriguez's rehab once the third baseman left New York to go to Tampa.

CUBS DUMP EX-CLOSER: The Cubs designated former All-Star Carlos Marmol for assignment and have 10 days to trade or release him or outright him to the minors if he clears waivers. Marmol had a 5.86 ERA in 31 appearances this season. The Cubs also released 3B Ian Stewart, who had been at Triple-A Iowa. He was suspended two weeks earlier for ripping the organization on Twitter. And slumping Cubs SS Starlin Castro was not in the lineup, snapping his NL-high streak of 269 games started.

HARPER BEGINS REHAB: Nationals OF Bryce Harper, out since May 26 with bursitis in his left knee, began a minor-league rehab assignment at Class A Potomac. Manager Davey Johnson told csnwashington.com that he doesn't expect Harper to return until next week.

ANGELS-METS TRADE: Los Angeles acquired OF Collin Cowgill from New York for minor-league OF Kyle Johnson. In other Angels news, LHP Jason Vargas, on the disabled list with a blood clot in his left armpit, will have surgery to remove the clot and is expected to miss at least three weeks.

D'BACKS: 2B Aaron Hill, out since April 9 after a pitch broke his left hand, was activated from the 15-day disabled list. LHP Joe Paterson was optioned to Triple-A Reno. … INF Eric Hinske, who was suspended five games for his role in a June 13 brawl with the Dodgers, had it reduced to one on appeal.

DODGERS: OF Matt Kemp was activated from the disabled list after missing 24 games with a right hamstring strain.

ORIOLES: RHP Dylan Bundy, one of baseball's top prospects, was scheduled to visit a specialist because of lingering pain in his right forearm. Bundy, 20, has not pitched this season because of forearm and elbow injuries and had a setback Monday during his throwing program.

RED SOX: 3B Will Middlebrooks, batting .192 overall and 4-for-29 since coming off the disabled list two weeks ago, was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket. … LH reliever Franklin Morales went back on the disabled list after aggravating an injury to his pectoral muscle.

Yankees' Cashman to A-Rod: Shut (the bleep) up 06/25/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:12am]
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