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Yankees' Rodriguez (quad) heads for MRI, Monday return less likely

Alex Rodriguez is going to New York for an MRI after quad pain. (USATSI)
Alex Rodriguez is going to New York for an MRI after quad pain. (USATSI)

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is headed to New York for an MRI on his injured left quad, people close to the situation say, further putting in jeopardy his scheduled return Monday in Arlington, Texas.

Rodriguez, in jeopardy of a suspension from MLB within weeks as one of at least 15 players linked to Biogenesis, will be examined at Columbia-Presbyterian in New York, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported.

If something is found on the MRI, A-Rod will return to the disabled list. If not, he still may not feel he is ready to play Monday.

Rodriguez, who had a second extensive hip surgery, is complaining of quad pain, so the chances for him to be activated Monday appear slim. Originally scheduled to play third base Saturday, he was the DH after first mentioning the quad issue.

Rodriguez's allotted 20-day rehab stay is up Monday, so he needs to be activated by Monday to avoid a return to the inactive list. Players can't simply re-start rehab games but must wait at least another five days before doing so.

The Yankees have been desperate for offensive help, particularly at third base.

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