NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Alex Rodriguez is ready for the next step in his rehab.
The Yankees third baseman, recovering from hip surgery on Jan. 16, has been running at full speed and has been cleared to start workouts Monday at the team’s minor league complex in Tampa, Fla.
“They are now working out a baseball rehab protocol for him,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday.
A-Rod announced the news Wednesday on his Facebook page: “Just met with my surgeon Dr. Kelly in South Florida and got cleared to move to baseball activities in Tampa … really excited to be getting closer to being back on the field.”
He’s expected back after the All-Star break.
“Every conversation we’ve had with the physical therapist is that he’s exactly where he needs to be,” said Cashman. “He’s on time, he’s working hard. I’ve never heard anything about him being ahead of schedule or ahead of time.”
The 37-year-old has been at the center of baseball’s Biogenesis scandal. He has denied the reports linking him to the Florida anti-aging clinic, which allegedly supplied performance-enhancing drugs to professional athletes.
Also on Thursday, reliever Joba Chamberlain became the 10th player to land on New York’s disabled list. He has a strained oblique on his right side and will be put on the DL retroactive to April 28.
“He showed up yesterday at the ballpark early complaining of some mild pain on his right abdomen,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday. “When he was in the bullpen, warming up the night before, he felt something.”
Chamberlain joins a DL that already included A-Rod, shortstop Derek Jeter (broken ankle), first baseman Mark Teixeira (torn tendon sheath in wrist), outfielder Curtis Granderson (broken forearm), infielder Kevin Youkilis (sprained back), catcher Francisco Cervelli (broken hand) and pitchers Ivan Nova (tightness in triceps), Michael Pineda (shoulder surgery) and Cesar Cabral (broken elbow).
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