MLB notes: Yankees send Alex Rodriguez to rehab, but doctor says he's healthy

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez waits on deck during a rehab game in Tampa, July 13,...

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez waits on deck during a rehab game in Tampa, July 13, 2013. (MIKE CARLSON/Reuters)

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Alex Rodriguez is juggling two controversies at once.

Amid a Major League Baseball investigation into his alleged involvement with an anti-aging clinic, the New York Yankees sent the third baseman to Florida on Wednesday to further rehab an injury.

That’s normal.

What isn't normal is despite team doctors diagnosing the him with a Grade 1 quad strain, another doctor, from whom Rodriguez sought a second opinion, said there’s nothing wrong with the star.

“He asked me to look at and I spent about 20 minutes going over it, particularly on the quadriceps muscle,” Dr. Michael Gross told WFAN, a New York sports radio station.

“To be perfectly honest, I don’t see any type of injury there.”

Gross even directly asked Rodriguez, 37, if he felt OK to return to the lineup. His response: “100%.”

“I asked him if anything hurt and he said to me, ‘No,’ ” Gross added, retelling his conversation with the star. “If there’s no pain to me then there’s no injury”

Over the past couple of days there have been conflicting reports about MLB‘s investigation into Rodriguez's ties to performance-enhancing drugs and, more specifically, the Biogensis clinic.

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended, without pay, for the remainder of the 2013 season in part due to his ties with the clinic.

WRIGLEY TO GET $500 MILLION RENO JOB

It's official: historic Wrigley Field has received funding for a serious makeover.

Chicago city council on Wednesday approved a $500-million renovation to Wrigley -- $300 million of which will go towards fixing up the ballpark itself. The other $200 million is reserved for upgrading Wrigleyville, the area surrounding the century-old landmark.

A large video message board in left field is the main upgrade the Chicago Cubs' home is set to receive.

Wrigley had previously been renovated in 1938 and 1988.

Famous for its ivy-covered brick outfield walls, Wrigley is the second oldest active stadium in Major League Baseball, next to Boston's Fenway Park. It holds 41,009 for a big-league game.

It is named after ex-Cubs owner and gum mogul William Wrigley Jr.

The Cubs began playing out of Wrigley in 1916. The city's NFL franchise, the Chicago Bears, were tenants from 1921 to 1970.

Originally, Wrigley was called Weeghman Park from 1914 to 1920. It went by the moniker Cubs Park from 1920 to 1926.

- With files from Sun wire services

MARINERS SKIPPER OK AFTER SUFFERING STROKE

Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge was released from hospital Wednesday, two days after suffering a mild stroke.

Wedge, 45, is expected to fully recover. In the meantime, he will rest away from the ballpark.

“I've had several conversations with him and the doctors,” Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik told MLB.com. “We expect a complete recovery. What he needs to do is stay home for the next short period of time. We expect him to be back sooner than later.

“He sounds normal, talking to him it sounds like everything is fine and he's ready to roll.”

Wedge began feeling dizzy during batting practice prior to the Mariners’ Monday meeting with the Cleveland Indians.

Since his departure, bench coach Robby Thompson has taken the interim managing reins. He will continue to do so until Wedge returns to full health.

BRIEFLY

Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes returned to the lineup Wednesday. He was sidelined by a wrist injury … The Los Angeles Angels claimed ex-Kansas City Royals pitcher J.C. Gutierrez off waivers … The Los Angeles Dodgers placed outfielder Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. He is suffering from a left ankle sprain.


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