Alex Rodriguez has reported back to the New York Yankees’ minor league complex, three days after he was diagnosed with a strained left quadriceps on the final day of his injury rehabilitation assignment.
Rodriguez, under investigation by Major League Baseball for his reported ties to a clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs, did not speak with reporters when he arrived in a SUV shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The third baseman, who turns 38 on Saturday, had been recovering from hip surgery in January. He hit .250 (8 for 40) with two homers and eight RBIs in 13 minor league games before the leg injury.
New York said A-Rod was being sent to Tampa, Fla., for “for rest and treatment.” The Yankees have not said whether they intend to send him on another rehab assignment.
Hudson breaks ankle
Tim Hudson needs surgery on his broken right ankle, an injury that leaves the N.L. East-leading Braves without one of their top pitchers.
Hudson got hurt while covering first base Wednesday night against the New York Mets when Eric Young Jr. stepped on the back of his lower leg. The 38-year-old right-hander was carted off the field in obvious pain.
It’s twins for Mauers
If there is something Joe Mauer knows well, it’s twins. The Twins catcher welcomed twin girls this week, the first children for he and wife Maddie.
Mauer left the team before Tuesday night’s game against the Angels to fly home to Minnesota. He made it in time for the birth of Emily and Maren early Wednesday.
Clearing the bases
Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow is set for more tests on his sore right forearm. Morrow has been throwing bullpen sessions at Toronto’s spring training facility in Florida, but continues to feel discomfort. … Domonic Brown, the Phillies’ leader in home runs and RBIs, wasn’t in the lineup while being evaluated for concussion-like symptoms from an unsuccessful attempt at a diving catch. … Left fielder Bryce Harper and shortstop Ian Desmond are out of the Nationals’ lineup for at least one game because of minor injuries. … Indians shortstop Rubiel Martinez and Yankees left-hander Anderson Severino have been suspended 50 games each by Major League Baseball following positive tests under the minor league drug program. … The Red Sox and All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia have finalized a $110 million, eight-year contract through the 2021 season. … The Dodgers placed outfielder Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle and activated left-hander Ted Lilly.