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Rodriguez not ready to return to Yanks lineup

MOOSIC, Pa. — With cameras flashing for every at-bat, Alex Rodriguez the minor-leaguer moved closer to rejoining the Yankees.

Rodriguez, though, still doesn't feel ready to join the big lineup.

Rodriguez said after his final minor-league rehabilitation game that he will not play for the AL-East leading Yankees tonight when they open a series at Minnesota. Rodriguez was noncommittal about Friday's game.

"Offensively, I feel like I'm there," Rodriguez said Wednesday night. "The next day or two are the last final stages."

Rodriguez was lifted for a pinch-runner after he lined an opposite-field RBI single to right in the eighth inning. He went 1-for-2 with an RBI and drew two walks off Rays top prospect Matt Moore. He also made an error in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's 3-2 loss to Durham in Triple-A action.

New York manager Joe Girardi said Rodriguez told him his right knee still felt "tentative." Rodriguez had surgery last month for a torn meniscus.

"Our plans right now are still to bring him to Minnesota (today) if everything goes okay," Girardi said. "We may not activate him. We may have him just go through some things for a couple of days and wait a couple of days to activate him."

When he does rejoin the roster, he might be the DH and not start right away at third base.

CLOSER SIDELINED: Giants closer Brian Wilson flew to Florida to have his ailing right (pitching) elbow checked out by the doctor who performed surgery on it eight years ago.

Wilson has some inflammation but no serious damage, manager Bruce Bochy said. He could be available today.

"He just felt a little tenderness," Bochy said. "We're just being cautious. The results came out well. They showed a little inflammation in the elbow, so we're going to give him a couple days off."

STRASBURG POUNDED: Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg was hit hard in his third rehabilitation start following elbow ligament replacement surgery. Strasburg allowed five runs and four hits over 12/3 innings for Class A Hagerstown against Lexington.

JIMENEZ TRADE DONE: The Rockies finalized their five-player trade that sent RHP Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians last month by acquiring top LHP prospect Drew Pomeranz.

M'S-TIGERS COMPLETE DEAL: The Mariners completed their trade with the Tigers by acquiring RHP Chance Ruffin. The July 30 trade sent pitchers RHPs Doug Fister and David Pauley to Detroit for OF Casper Wells, LHP Charlie Furbush and INF prospect Francisco Martinez.

ANGELS: 1B C.J. Cron, the 17th pick in the June draft, is set for surgery this week to repair ligament damage in his right knee.

BRAVES: INF Wes Helms returned to his original team, signing a minor-league deal less than a week after he was released by the Marlins.

INDIANS: CF Grady Sizemore, who had sports hernia surgery July 21, was cleared to resume baseball activities and said he hopes to return in September. … Rookie 2B Jason Kipnis, out since Friday with discomfort near his right oblique, is expected to start tonight.

MARLINS: Former Rays LH reliever Randy Choate was sent to Miami to have his elbow examined by team doctors.

ORIOLES: 1B Chris Davis, acquired July 30 from the Rangers, may need season-ending surgery for a slight tear in his right shoulder.

PHILLIES: C Carlos Ruiz was out of the starting lineup with a left testicle bruise. … RHP Michael Schwimer was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace 3B Placido Polanco, on the disabled list with a sports hernia.

RED SOX: DH David Ortiz, who has bursitis in his right heel, said he likely is out about a week.

ROYALS: C Matt Treanor, recovering from a concussion he suffered July 30, will head to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on a rehab assignment.

Rodriguez not ready to return to Yanks lineup 08/18/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2011 1:00am]
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