TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Injured Yankees third-baseman Alex Rodriguez is set to join the Trenton Thunder as he recovers from hip surgery.
Rodriguez is expected to be with the Double-A team as the Thunder open a three-game series in Reading, Pa., Monday.
Rodriguez played with Tampa on Saturday and Sunday, going 1-for-3 with a walk, a double and two RBIs.
“I’m very excited to be going up, absolutely,” Rodriguez said. “I think we’re on schedule. It was a very good week. Things are moving forward.”
Rodriguez met Friday in Tampa with Major League Baseball officials investigating the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs.
MLB investigators are looking into the closed anti-aging clinic Biogenesis. Rodriguez has said he used PEDs while with Texas from 2001-03 but has denied using them since. He was linked to Biogenesis in a report in January by Miami New Times.
Rodriguez has said that he has been told not to discuss the situation.
“I’m going to let the due process play out,” Rodriguez said.
Asked about a report Sunday in the New York Daily News that his lawyers are discussing whether to seek a plea deal from MLB on a 150-game suspension rather than face a possible lengthier ban, Rodriguez responded: “I don’t know anything about that.”
Michael Weiner, the head of the baseball players’ union, has criticized leaks to the media about whether players are cooperating with MLB’s investigation.
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