He’s been swinging a broom for practice after surgery
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Alex Rodriguez is expected to resume baseball activities Monday, a little more than a month after undergoing hip surgery.
The third baseman has been working out in Vail, Colo., since the March 9 operation. The Yankees start a three-game series Monday at the AL champion Tampa Bay Rays, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the three-time AL MVP will resume swinging a bat.
Girardi said Friday that Rodriguez has been swinging a broom for the past few weeks and slowly increasing his workload. Girardi doesn’t expect Rodriguez to return to the Yankees before mid-May.
“In my mind, I’m still thinking May 15 – five weeks away. That’s my thought process,” Girardi said before the Yankees helped Kansas City open renovated Kauffman Stadium on Friday.
Rookie Martinez still in hospital
SAN DIEGO – The San Francisco Giants are optimistic that pitcher Joe Martinez will recover relatively quickly from a concussion and three small fractures sustained when he was hit in the head by a line drive.
The rookie reliever was stable and alert in a San Francisco hospital Friday, and the Giants said he was expected to make a full recovery. The 26-year-old Martinez will remain hospitalized for observation over the next three or four days.
Dodgers’ Kuroda on DL
PHOENIX – The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed opening-day starter Hiroki Kuroda on the 15-day disabled list with a mild strain in a muscle near his left ribs.
The move was made before Friday night’s game against Arizona and is retroactive to Tuesday.