MLB notes: Alex Rodriguez hires lawyer

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez speaks to reporters after arriving at the Yankees' minor league...

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez speaks to reporters after arriving at the Yankees' minor league baseball complex in May. (REUTERS/Scott Audette)

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Embattled New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has reportedly hired the lawyer who helped Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun win his doping appeal last year.

Rodriguez has hired David Cornwell to help him take on Major League Baseball, which reportedly is preparing to suspend him for his links to Biogenesis. A number of other big leaguers have also been tied to the anti-aging clinic in south Floida and are in the same boat as Rodriguez.

In early 2012, Cornwell convinced an arbitrator to quash Braun's 50-game suspension for violating the MLB drug policy. He said the chain of custody protocol for the test hadn't been followed so the results should be thrown out.

MORRISON COMING OFF DL

Logan Morrison's long journey back to the Miami Marlins is almost over.

The Marlins are expected to activate Morrison from the disabled list Monday, according to the Palm Beach Post. The 25-year-old first baseman hasn't played for the Marlins since September, when he had surgery to fix a torn patellar tendon in his right knee.

In 15 games split between single-A Jupiter and double-A Jacksonville during a rehab stint, Morrison hit .182 with two home runs. He struggled last year but part of that can be chalked up to the lingering knee issue.

Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton should be activated soon, too. He hasn't played since April 29 due to a strained right hamstring.

SANCHEZ SCRATCHED

Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez won't make his scheduled start Sunday against the Cleveland Indians after experiencing shoulder stiffness.

The move is more precautionary than anything, the Tigers indicated.

"It's not a disablement," manager Jim Leyland said. "I fully expect him to make his next start."

The Tigers called up Jose Alvarez from triple-A Toldeo to make the start, his major league debut, and moved Octavio Dotel, out with elbow inflammation, to the 60-day disabled list. Alvarez was signed as a minor-league free agent from the Boston Red Sox.

BRIEFLY

Cleveland Indians right-hander Zach McAllister has been put on the disabled list with a right finger sprain, retroactive to June 3. Carlos Carrasco was called up to take his spot on the roster and started Saturday against the Detroit Tigers ... Hot prospect Zack Wheeler is now expected to make one more minor-league start before making his big-league debut with the New York Mets, according to the New York Daily News. He's likely to face the Atlanta Braves in his first start ... The Baltimore Orioles activated reliever Pedro Strop from the 15-day DL. Strop was out with a lower back strain ... Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Jeff Karstens is out another 10-12 weeks after having shooulder surgery Friday. He hasn't pitched all season, with the exception of two rehab starts in the minors ... The Mets called up former Seattle Mariners closer David Aardsma from triple-A Las Vegas. Aardsma has pitched sparingly in the bigs since having Tommy John surgery in 2011 ... The Houston Astros claimed left-hander Wade LeBlanc off waivers from the Miami Marlins. LeBlanc has a 5.18 ERA in 48 2/3 innings this season.


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