MLB notes: A-Rod gets Opening Day nod

Alex Rodriguez will be with the Yankees when they open the season against the Boston Red Sox....

Alex Rodriguez will be with the Yankees when they open the season against the Boston Red Sox. (REUTERS)

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No hip rehabilitation will keep Alex Rodriguez out of the New York Yankees lineup.

Yanks general manager Brian Cashman confirmed Saturday that A-Rod will be with the team on Monday for their Opening Day bout against the Boston Red Sox.

It’s yet to be determined if that means the embattled 37-year-old will be in uniform.

Given his 2012 post-season performance, and a recent performance-enhancing drugs scandal, A-Rod's still looking to return to fans' good graces.

LUKE SCOTT PLACED ON DL

The Tampa Bay Rays will be without their famous mutton chops for at least five weeks.

Designated hitter Luke Scott was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a calf strain. According to the Tampa Tribune, the 34-year-old had an MRI after exiting a minor-league game due to soreness in his right calf on Friday.

He received a cortisone shot for the ailment but was still placed on the DL.

Scott hit .229 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs in 96 games last season.

SANTANA TO UNDERGO SHOULDER SURGERY

The New York Mets announced Saturday that 34-year-old pitcher Johan Santana will go under the knife Tuesday to repair a tear to the anterior capsule of his left shoulder.

The tear was discovered after Santana had an MRI done earlier this week.

Santana, who had shoulder surgery in 2010, is not prepared to give up on his career just yet, his agent said.

“@johansantana's plan is to be back on the mound pitching again as soon as possible,” Chris Leible, Santana’s agent, tweeted.

Santana has a 139-78 lifetime record with 3.20 ERA and 1988 strikeouts. He won a pair of Cy Young Awards in 2004 and 2006 while with the Minnesota Twins.

DONTRELLE WILLIS LOOKING FOR WORK

The man who was known for donning the flat-brim hat before it became trendy is officially out of work, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Chicago Cubs reportedly released lefty pitcher Dontrelle Willis Saturday.

The 31-year-old was attempting to come out of retirement with the Cubs this spring.

He left his first appearance on Feb. 25 complaining of shoulder tightness and did not return to pitch another Cactus League game.

The Cubs also released 2010 first-round pick Hayden Simpson along with 26-year-old catcher Michael Brenly.

BREWERS SHUFFLE THEIR ROTATION

After signing Kyle Lohse to a three-year, $33 million deal last week, the Milwaukee Brewers discovered a problem: Too many starters, a good problem to have.

But it also cost Chris Narveson his post in the Brewers’ starting rotation as he was moved to the bullpen on Saturday.

"He's OK, but he's been really pushing through this thing in spring training, through the surgery," manager Ron Roenicke said.

Narveson is coming off surgery in May to repair his labrum and rotator cuff.

"In the long run, it's probably going to help him to limit his innings at the start,” Roenicke finished.

The starting rotation for the Brewers will be Yovani Gallardo, Marco Estrada, Wily Peralta, Lohse and Fiers.

SANDOVAL OUT … AGAIN

San Francisco Giants standout third baseman, Pablo Sandoval, exited their Friday night game with elbow discomfort.

Sandoval’s first start since March 16, the San Jose Mercury news reported Saturday he’s been dealing with a bone spur and irritated ulnar nerve.

“He said there was a little discomfort, so we shut him down,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

The Giants are expected to go with Joaquin Arias at third base when the season opens Monday.

CODY ROSS BACK ON DL

Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Cody Ross will be on the mend to start the season.

D-Backs manager Kirk Gibson confirmed the news to reporters on Friday.

Ross has been hampered by a lower-left leg strain, which has forced him out of most of spring training.

The 32-year-old hit .267 last season with 22 home runs and 81 RBIs.


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