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MLB notebook — July 21

Associated Press

Alex Rodriguez is not ready to rejoin the New York Yankees.

The team said Rodriguez has a strained left quadriceps and won’t be able to return this week in Texas, as had been planned. Instead, he will remain on the disabled list and go back to Tampa, Fla., “for rest and treatment,” the Yankees said in a statement issued before their game against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Only a day before, it appeared A-Rod was on target to return from offseason hip surgery early this week. Now, it’s unclear when he might be back at all.

It’s the latest blow to the depleted Yankees, missing several injured stars almost all season. Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson came back and quickly got hurt again. Rodriguez didn’t even finish his rehab assignment.

Pena, Cedeno dropped by Astros

The Houston Astros have designated veterans Carlos Pena and Ronny Cedeno for assignment.

The two were among the only experienced players on this rebuilding team.

The 35-year-old Pena, who hit 39 homers in 2009 with Tampa Bay, signed with the Astros in the offseason and hit .209 with eight homers and 25 RBI in 85 games splitting time between first base and designated hitter.

Cedeno, a shortstop, was hitting .220 with one homer and 12 RBI.

Houston called up shortstop Jonathan Villar from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take his spot on the roster. The 22-year-old Villar has hit .278 with 16 doubles, eight triples, eight homers, 41 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 90 games for the RedHawks.

Surgery for Red Sox pitcher

Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey will have season-ending right shoulder surgery this week.

Manager John Farrell said before Sunday night’s game against the Yankees that Bailey’s surgery will be performed by Mets team physician Dr. David Altchek on Wednesday in New York.

Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday night with a strained shoulder.

The reliever missed almost all of last season after right thumb surgery during spring training.

Blue Jays’ Delgado honored

Former Blue Jays first baseman Carlos Delgado was officially added to Toronto’s Level of Excellence before Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Puerto Rican slugger, who hit 473 home runs in his 17 year career, becomes the 10th person to have his name added to the facade inside Rogers Centre.

Several past inductees joined Delgado on the field for the pregame ceremony, including Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, former AL MVP George Bell, Tony Fernandez, former Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston, former general manager Pat Gillick and current team president Paul Beeston.


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