Rodriguez Wants To Play...Soriano Trade "99 Percent Done" 07/26/13
July 26, 2013
UNDATED -- Alex Rodriguez's already strained relationship with the New York Yankees hit another low when he pushed to be activated from the disabled list Friday, the team refused and he had a lawyer join the discussion of his injury rehabilitation.
Already a target of Major League Baseball's drug investigation, the third baseman angered the Yankees when he obtained a second medical opinion on his strained left quadriceps this week without informing the team in writing, a step required by the sport's collective bargaining agreement. The Yankees intend to discipline him, most likely with a fine.
The three-time AL MVP, who turns 38 Saturday, has been sidelined since hip surgery in January.
In other baseball news:
- The Chicago Cubs have pulled Alfonso Soriano from the lineup and manager Dale Sveum (swaym) says a trade to send the outfielder to the New York Yankees is about "99 percent done." The Yankees and Cubs would need to work out the financial aspects of Soriano's rich contract.
- The Philadelphia Phillies have put All-Star Domonic Brown on the seven-day concussion disabled list. The outfielder hit his head on the ground while trying to make a diving catch in a Tuesday night game. He leads the Phillies with 24 homers and 69 RBIs.
- The Oakland Athletics have placed catcher John Jaso on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Stephen Vogt was called up from Triple-A Sacramento, and Derek Norris moved into the starting lineup in Jaso's place.
-- Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson is out for the rest of the season with a broken right ankle. He suffered the injury in Wednesday night's win over the Mets in New York. The team says Hudson will have season-ending surgery in Atlanta once the swelling subsides.
-- Hall of Famer George Brett is stepping down from his on-field job as Kansas City's interim hitting coach and returning to the Royals' front office, where he's served as vice president of baseball operations since retiring as a player following the 1993 season. Brett called his stint as Royals hitting coach "a tremendous experience for me," breaking down for a few seconds before adding: "It was special."