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.
''He's going to be out for a while,'' manager Joe Girardi said after the Yankees lost 8-7 in 11 innings. ''So we'll just deal with it and continue to play.''
Mike Napoli hit a three-run shot after the Red Sox fell behind early, then he ended the game with a solo shot with two outs in the 11th - ending the 4-hour, 46-minute game at 12:53 a.m. Monday.
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.
''I haven't really talked to the doctors about it. You never know how quick a guy's going to heal,'' Girardi...