Alex Rodriguez says he feels great and his relationship with the New York Yankees is fine. Rodriguez didn’t indicate when he will start a minor-league injury rehabilitation assignment or rejoin the big-league team, saying Saturday he “can’t wait to get back.”
“So far, no issues,” Rodriguez said. “I’m just working really hard. I’m having fun. It’s exciting to be back on the field.”
The All-Star third baseman is taking at-bats at the Yankees’ minor-league complex in Tampa, Fla., as he comes back from hip surgery in January. He also is fielding grounders, running the bases and doing sliding drills.
“I feel like my swing is definitely getting back to form,” Rodriguez said. “[Defensively] moving better the last few days. Everything is coming along.”
His rehabilitation became a point of contention in the past week.
Rodriguez posted Tuesday evening on Twitter that his hip surgeon had cleared him to play in rehab games, an announcement that angered General Manager Brian Cashman because Rodriguez has not been given the go-ahead by team doctors. When asked if everything is OK with the team, Rodriguez said “absolutely.”
Cueto heads back to disabled list
Cincinnati Reds starter Johnny Cueto is headed to the disabled list for the third time this season. Cueto returned to Cincinnati to be examined after leaving the series opener at Texas on Friday because of tightness in his right lat muscle. Right-hander Logan Ondrusek joined the Reds from Triple-A Louisville.
Around the leagues
The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated closer J.J. Putz from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Zeke Spruill to Triple-A Reno. The 35-year-old Putz suffered a right elbow strain on May 7. … The Washington Nationals promoted right-hander Taylor Jordan from Double-A Harrisburg and recalled right-hander Erik Davis from Triple-A Syracuse. First baseman Chris Marrero and outfielder-infielder Jeff Kobernus were optioned to Syracuse. … The Baltimore Orioles recalled right-hander Jair Jurrjens from Triple-A Norfolk and designated first baseman Travis Ishikawa for assignment. … The Boston Red Sox promoted infielder Jonathan Diaz and designated right-hander Clayton Mortensen for assignment. … Right-hander Simon Castro was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte by the Chicago White Sox.