May 6, 2013
MLB notes: Alex Rodriguez back on the field
By QMI Agency

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez speaks to reporters after arriving at the team's minor-league complex in Tampa, Fla., May 6, 2013. (SCOTT AUDETTE/Reuters)

It was a small step for injured slugger Alex Rodriguez.

The New York Yankees third baseman, who underwent hip surgery in January, returned to the field Monday and played catch and hit off a tee with other injured starters at the team's minor-league complex in Tampa.

"(It's) like being eight years old again when I first grabbed a bat," Rodriguez told reporters, adding that he's "really looking forward to getting back."

The Yankees still feel A-Rod will likely be back after the All-Star break following surgery Jan. 16 to repair a torn labrum and impingement in his left hip.

"It feels good to be back out in uniform," Rodriguez said. "It's been a rough stretch with the rehab, obviously. It's small bites at a time."

HURTING HALLADAY GOES ON DL


One day after feeling discomfort in his right shoulder, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay was placed on the disabled list Monday.

"It's not something that I had before," Halladay told reporters Sunday. "It's something new this year. I felt good all spring. I had soreness in there and just wasn't able to get rid of it."

The righty admitted he was pitching hurt after his second straight bad outing.

Halladay, who turns 36 this month, is 2-4 with an 8.65 earned-run average in seven starts this season.

BRIEFLY

Chicago White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd will have season-ending surgery on his right elbow and will likely miss 14 to 19 months ... Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann was activated from the disabled list Monday after missing the first five weeks of the season following surgery on his right shoulder ... The Boston Red Sox placed closer Andrew Bailey on the disabled list due to right biceps inflammation ... The Cleveland Indians placed pitcher Vinnie Pestano on the 15-day DL with right elbow tendinitis.

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