MLB notes: A-Rod could miss Red Sox series

Yankees batter Alex Rodriguez tosses his bat as he prepares to step up to the plate against the...

Yankees batter Alex Rodriguez tosses his bat as he prepares to step up to the plate against the Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 21, 2011. (ERIC MILLER/Reuters)

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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez might not be available for the club's series against Boston Red Sox this week, which begins Tuesday.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Rodriguez is "really questionable" for the series with Boston, which starts Tuesday. He flew from Baltimore to New York Monday and had an MRI done on his injured left thumb, which revealed no damage.

"I think it's really questionable, but let's just see," Girardi told the New York Daily News. "It just depends how that thumb responds to the treatment. He came back and irritated it a little bit more, so we're just going to have to be smart about it."

Rodriguez, who has played just four games since coming off the DL (surgery on torn right meniscus), jammed his thumb during a game in Minnesota Aug. 21. He aggravated the injury Sunday against the Orioles.

Rodriguez and shortstop Derek Jeter (knee) didn't start last night in Baltimore.

Cruz out

Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz will miss the next three weeks with a left hamstring strain.

Cruz was forced to leave Sunday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels when he pulled his hamstring rounding first after doubling in the sixth inning.

The Rangers will likely call up outfielder Leonys Martin from triple-A Round Rock to fill the void. Martin is hitting .295 with four homers and 42 RBI in 73 games in the minors.

Cruz is hitting .270 with 28 home runs and 84 RBI in 113 games this season.

Upton stays a Ray

Outfielder B.J. Upton will stay with the Tampa Bay Rays despite being claimed on waivers by an unknown team, according to tampabay.com.

The team that claimed Upton, arbitration-eligible in the off-season, couldn't work out a deal with the Rays within 48 hours. But Upton still believes he will be traded before the 2012 season.

"I don't want to go anywhere, but if that's what they want to do, it's out of my hands," he told Tampa Bay Online.

Upton is batting just .224 with 18 homers and 61 RBI in 124 games this season. His average has declined every year since 2007.

Moyer starts rehab

Free agent pitcher Jamie Moyer is starting his rehab from Tommy John surgery at the Philadelphia Phillies complex in Clearwater, Fla.

Moyer, 48, asked the Phillies, his former team, if he could use their facilities as he tries to make a comeback after having Tommy John surgery in December.

"We're providing him our space in Clearwater and our expertise," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told MLB.com.

Last season, Moyer went 9-9 with a 4.84 earned-run average before hurting his elbow in July. He's won 267 games in a 24-year big league career.

Line drives

The New York Mets activated shortstop Jose Reyes off the 15-day DL before the second game of a doubleheader with the Florida Marlins. Reyes has been sidelined since straining his left hamstring Aug. 7 ... Pitcher Cole Hamels was activated off the DL by the Philadelphia Phillies in time to start against the Cincinnati Reds. Hamels is 13-7 with a 2.62 ERA in 25 starts this season. Canadian infielder/outfielder Pete Orr was also optioned back to triple-A Lehigh Valley ... Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak started his rehab assignment in triple-A Tacoma. He's been out since being hit in the face by a ground ball Aug. 13 ... Injured New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis will avoid microfracture surgery on his bad ankle. He will continue to rehab the injury and the Mets expect him to be healthy by spring training.


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