MLB notes: Alex Rodriguez begins rehab Tuesday

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez signs autographs for a fan after reporting to the Yankees' minor...

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez signs autographs for a fan after reporting to the Yankees' minor league baseball complex in Tampa, Florida May 6, 2013. (REUTERS)

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Alex Rodriguez is one step closer to returning to the New York Yankees lineup.

In what was surely a Brian Cashman-sanctioned announcement, the team said the third baseman will begin his rehab stint Tuesday.

Rodriguez will play a minimum of three innings for Class-A Charleston, his first on-field action since off-season hip surgery.

The 37-year-old has been working out at the team’s minor-league complex in Tampa.

Rodriguez was called out by Yankees general manager Cashman last week after announcing via Twitter that he was cleared for baseball activities.

“You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, (we will),” Cashman had told ESPN. “Alex should just shut the f--- up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”

WANDY DOWN

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be without Wandy Rodriguez about another month.

The left-hander, who has been on the disabled list since June 6 with a forearm strain, received a platelet-rich plasma injection, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The injection will be followed with at least three weeks of rest and rehabilitation.

The Pirates acquired Rodriguez in a trade with the Houston Astros in July of last year.

Rodriguez is 6-4 with a 3.59 ERA across 12 starts this season.

HARPER BACK

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was activated from the disabled list and returned to the lineup Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

After missing 31 games with bursitis in his left knee, Harper hit a solo home run in his first at-bat.

The 20-year-old’s injury stemmed from a collision with the wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13. Harper played through the pain for two weeks before going on the disabled list.

Before being shut down, he hit .287 with 12 home runs and 23 RBIs.

DODGERS WANT MARMOL

The Chicago Cubs are working on a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers that would send reliever Carlos Marmol to the West Coast, according to ESPN.

Marmol was designated for assignment June 25, giving the Cubs a 10-day window to trade or release him. He has a limited no-trade clause in his contract that would allow him to block a trade to six teams. The Dodgers are one of them.

Marmol is owed about $5 million of his $9.8 million salary this season. The Cubs could absorb some of it as part of the trade.

The 30-year-old Marmol is 2-4 with a 5.86 ERA in 31 appearances this season.

BRIEFLY

The Arizona Diamondbacks placed right-hander Trevor Cahill on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip contusion. The team also called up righty Chaz Roe from triple-A Reno ... The Washington Nationals granted pitcher-turned-position player Micah Owings his release after he opted out of his minor-league contract, according to CSN Washington ... The Detroit Tigers activated catcher Alex Avila from the 15-day disabled list and sent Bryan Holaday down to Triple-A Toledo.


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