Alex Rodriguez, recovering from offseason hip surgery, has been cleared to begin baseball activities. As reported by Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com,
"General manager Brian Cashman said he expects Rodriguez to report to
Tampa, Fla., on Monday. Cashman said Rodriguez has not accelerated his
return to the majors, and the earliest he could be on the field for the
Yankees would be after the All-Star break."
The Yankees desperately need the return of a healthy Rodriguez, as his replacement Kevin Youkilis, is also on the disabled list with a sore back. Currently third base is being occupied by Jayson Nix and Chris Nelson.
Rodriguez is currently being investigated by Major League Baseball for connections to Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic linked to performance-enhancing drugs.
The 37 year old Rodriguez has 647 home runs, 1950 runs batted in, a .300 batting average, and a .945 ops entering the 2013 season.