MLB notes: A-Rod nearing return?

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez makes a play against the Reds at Great American Ball Park in...

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez makes a play against the Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 22, 2011. (JOHN SOMMERS II/Reuters)

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Three-time American League MVP Alex Rodriguez will likely report to the New York Yankees' minor-league complex in Tampa later this week.

Rodriguez, out since July 11 after having surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee, is expected to see a doctor Monday, according to a report on the Yankees website. If that meeting goes well, Rodriguez could begin "doing some baseball stuff," manager Joe Giradri said in the report.

"I think once he gets going, it shouldn't take that long. It's more just waiting for the knee to heal," Girardi said. "I don't think you're talking about having to do a week of rehab games. I don't think you're talking about that. Once we get it (started), it'll go pretty quickly."

The Yankees are 10-7 since Rodriguez went on the disabled list. He was hitting .295 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI when he went on the DL.

Jeter pulled

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter left Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles after being hit by a pitch.

Jeter was pulled in the fourth inning after being hit in the hand by Orioles pitcher Jake Arietta. X-rays were negative but Jeter is listed as day-to-day with a bruised right middle finger.

In 83 games, Jeter is hitting .269 with four homers and 36 RBI. He recorded the 3,000th hit of his career in early July.

Konerko leaves, too

The Chicago White Sox look to have dodged a bullet after first baseman Paul Konerko was hit by a 95-mph fastball Sunday.

Konerko was forced to leave the game in the fifth inning after being hit just below the knee by an Andrew Miller pitch during the fourth inning of Chicago's game against the Boston Red Sox. But x-rays were negative and the White Sox are saying the injury is simply a bruised left calf.

Outfielder Juan Pierre replaced Konerko in the batting order while Brent Lillibridge moved to first base, the first time in his career he's played there.

Konerko is having another big offensive year, batting .305 with 25 homers and 76 RBI.

Tejada blasts reporters

San Francisco Giants shortstop Miguel Tejada, on the disabled list with an abdomen injury, lashed out at reporters Sunday for questioning his defence.

According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, Tejada wasn't happy about reporters writing about his lack of range.

"All the reporters in San Francisco forget who I am," Tejada said in the report. "All the reporters put in the paper that I don't have range in this game. I'll prove it. I don't pay attention to what reporters say. All I do is work hard.

"If they want me here, fine. If they don't, I don't really worry about it. I just try to do my job."

Tejada is still at least a week away from playing in rehab games and likely will be out of the lineup for another two weeks.

The Giants acquired shortstop Orlando Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians Saturday, which might be the real reason Tejada was miffed.

Line drives

Kyle Davies didn't make his scheduled start for the Kansas City Royals due to shoulder inflammation. Lefty Danny Duffy started against Cleveland instead ... Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver was ejected after buzzing Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila with a pitch one batter after Carlos Guillen homered off him. Weaver's pitch missed Avila's head but he was still tossed.


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