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A-Rod has Grade 1 quad strain, will not rejoin Yankees this week

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Alex Rodriguez's return to the Yankees could be delayed even further by a quad problem.
Alex Rodriguez's return to the Yankees has been delayed even further by a quad problem. (USATSI)

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The Yankees will have to wait a little longer to get their third baseman back. Alex Rodriguez was diagnosed with a Grade 1 left quad strain following an MRI on Sunday, the team announced. He'll head to the team's complex in Tampa for "rest and treatment."

Rodriguez, 37, was scheduled to play in his final minor-league rehab with Triple-A Scranton on Sunday but was held out of the lineup with tightness in that left quad. The injury forced him to DH on Saturday rather than play third base as scheduled.

The Yankees, including team president Randy Levine, had confirmed A-Rod would return to the team on Monday as long as he made it through his final rehab games this weekend without incident. The quad injury apparently occurred running the bases and sliding into second on Friday.

"I am extremely disappointed with the results of the MRI," A-Rod said in a statement released Sunday. "I'm hoping to be back as soon as possible and continue with my goal of coming back and helping the Yankees win a championship."

A-Rod went 8 for 40 (.200) in 13 minor league rehab games as he rehabs from left hip surgery. He had six hits in 22 at-bats (.273) in his last six games, including a double and two home runs.

His 20-day rehab window expires Monday, though the Yankees can petition MLB for more rehab games due to the new injury.

The Yankees have used seven different starting third basemen this year, and they've hit a collective .223/.287/.298 (60 OPS+) with four home runs. No team has received worse production from the hot corner, so it won't take much for even a hobbled and declining A-Rod to be an upgrade.

Derek Jeter returned to the team before the All-Star break following a fractured left ankle only to suffer a quad strain in his first game back. He was placed on the DL on Friday.

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