MLB notes: Yankees' Jeter nearing rehab stint

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter looks on from the dugout in a game against the Toronto Blue...

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter looks on from the dugout in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium in New York, April 26, 2013. (Adam Hunger, Reuters)

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New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter says he's nearing a rehab stint that will bring him that much closer to rejoining his teammates.

"I'm anxious to be playing in games," Jeter told the New York Daily News. "Everything I've needed to do up until that point, I've done."

Jeter hasn't played since breaking his ankle in last year's ALCS. The 39-year-old's recovery has been gradual, beginning with stationary fielding and, more recently, simulated at-bats and base running.

"Everything felt good, yes sir," Jeter said. "I think I'm close."

But he stopped short of giving an approximate timeline for his return.

"When they tell me, that's how close I am," Jeter said. "When they tell me to play, I'll play."

AS FOR A-ROD

Alex Rodriguez is refusing to give up on playing with the Yankees.

"I know people think I'm nuts," Rodriguez told USA Today. "I know most people wouldn't want the confrontation. Most people would say, 'Get me out of here. Trade me. Do anything.'

"But I'm the (expletive) crazy man who goes, 'I want to compete. I want to stay in New York. I refuse to quit.'"

Currently embroiled in a PED dispute stemming from the a South Florida anti-aging clinic, Rodriguez has been working his way back from off-seasons hip surgery through a rehab stint at single-A Charleston.

On top of A-Rod's alleged involvement with Biogenesis, his boss, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, tore a strip off the recovering 14-time all-star for briefing fans on his timeline for a return to the majors.

"You hear all of the doubters," Rodgriguez said, "and that just fuels me. They don't know me. I'm not giving up. I never will. I'm not wired that way.

"This is the hardest fight I've ever had. There have been days, like, 'Holy (expletive), how am I going to get through this day?' But you keep getting after it, keep pushing."

MARMOL TO MINORS

Two days after acquiring right-handed reliever Carlos Marmol from the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers sent the 30-year-old Marmol to triple-A Albuquerque after he agreed to waive his right to refuse a minor-league stint.

An ESPN source said Marmol agreeing to fix his mechanics in the minors was part of the negotiations in a deal that saw Dodgers reliever Matt Guerrier sent to the Windy City.

The Dodgers are hoping Marmol can return to the form that saw him earn 72 saves from 2010-11.

In 31 appearances this season, Marmol's accumulated a 2-4 record with a pair of saves and a 5.86 ERA.

The Dominican hurler is owed close to $5 million between now and the rest of the season.

An ESPN report said the Cubs are paying $2 million of that amount, in addition to taking on all of the $2.375 million Guerrier's owed through the rest of the season.

BRIEFLY: Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford will make his return from the disabled list in time for Friday's game against the San Francisco Giants, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com "¦ Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli has been shut down for at least two weeks with a stress reaction in his elbow, the precursor to a stress fracture, according to the Associated Press.

 


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