MLB notes: Alex Rodriguez runs bases

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez hits a fly ball to end the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers...

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez hits a fly ball to end the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game 4 of their MLB ALCS baseball playoff series in 2012. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese)

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Embattled New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez ran the bases at the team’s spring training complex in Tampa over the weekend.

According to the Newark Star-Ledger, A-Rod trotted at 75% for the first time since undergoing off-season hip surgery.

“I’m curious to see how he’s going to feel Sunday, or the next day,” Girardi said. “But that’s something that he hasn’t been doing. And that’s good.”

Should he avoid feeling the wrath of any Biogenesis backlash, Rodriguez is expected to return to New York’s lineup shortly after the all-star break.

News of Rodriguez increasing his workload comes as Derek Jeter (broken ankle) received clearance from his surgeon to resume full baseball activities.

Like Rodriguez, Jeter is tentatively scheduled to return following July’s all-star break.

COBB ON DL

The Tampa Bay Rays placed righty Alex Cobb on the seven-day concussion disabled list after he was hit in the head by a line-drive Saturday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Times reported Sunday.

In a scary moment at Tropicana Field on Saturday, Cobb immediately dropped to the mound in the top of the seventh inning after Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer connected on a 2-1 fastball that left the 25-year-old Cobb little chance of avoiding the hit.

The Rays later stated that Cobb remained conscious before and after he was carted out of the park with his head in a stabilizer. He was released from a St. Petersburg, Fla., hospital Sunday afternoon.

The Rays have called up Josh Lueke from triple-A Durham to fill Cobb’s vacated spot on Tampa’s 25-man roster.

Prior to Saturday’s incident, Cobb was off to a 6-2 start, including an impressive 3.01 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 13 appearances.

The Rays hope he can return to action in a week’s time.

KERSHAW TICKED

The Los Angeles Dodgers and two-time all star Clayton Kershaw are nearing a contract extension worth as much as $180 million, according to Fox Sports.

Still, Kershaw isn’t happy with what’s transpired.

“We kind of had an agreement that we weren’t going to talk about it (with the press),” Kershaw told the Los Angeles Times.

The 25-year-old lefty on Sunday said news of contract talks leaking could have an impact on how negotiations pan out.

“I think the reason we’ve been able to continue discussions for this long is that it’s not been talked about,” said Kershaw, who had been seeking close to $225 million at the start of talks.

“Now that I’m having to talk about it, it’s a distraction.

“I’m going to still hold up my end of the bargain and not talk about it,” Kershaw said.

The Dodgers later refused comment on the matter.

Kershaw, currently 5-4, has a 1.84 ERA with 104 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings this season.

BRIEFLY: The Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Mike Fiers suffered a broken arm Saturday with triple-A Nashville after being hit by a line drive. The 28-year-old righty is expected to miss 9-12 weeks … The Washington Nationals activated righty Stephen Strasburg off the 15-day disabled list Sunday. In five innings of work in a 2-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians, Strasburg surrendered one run on one hit and four walks … An MRI on Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira revealed no new tendon tears in his wrist … Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter smacked his 300th home run against his former team, the Minnesota Twins, on Sunday. The 37-year-old became just the 136th player in major-league history to reach the mark … Tampa called up 22-year-old hitting prospect Will Myers from triple-A Durham on Sunday, MLB.com reported. The Rays also optioned infielder Ryan Roberts to triple-A


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