Whether you believe the conspiracy theories or not, Alex Rodriguez is still going through the normal rehab protocols a player with a quadriceps injury would. He is taking grounders at the team's spring training complex, and he is hitting in the batting cages. Soon, he could start playing games again.
Adam Berry of MLB.com says Rodriguez should be ready for a simulated game on Thursday. The Yankees' GM Brian Cashman expects the slugging third baseman to be ready for the next step in his rehab process by then. Rodriguez was nearing a return to the lineup when he suffered what the Yankees are calling a quadriceps strain.
Of course, the setback come amidst Ryan Braun's suspension and word that Major League Baseball will be seeking a lifetime ban of Rodriguez if he does not accept a deal. With each day that passes, conspiracy or not, it seems less and less likely that Rodriguez will play a single game for the Yankees this season.
Rodriguez struggled through much of the 2012 season, and then he had an abysmal playoffs. During the Winter Meetings, Cashman revealed that Rodriguez had been playing with a hip impingement. The injury required offseason surgery and months of rehab. Now, Rodriguez is relatively healthy, but he is still not playing. It's anyone's guess what happens next, but for now, a simulated game on Thursday seems probable.
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