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A-Rod could be in Yankees’ lineup as soon as Monday

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Alex Rodriguez is going to join Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday, likely the final stop in his rehabilitation from left hip surgery before he returns to the New York Yankees as early as Monday.

Rodriguez is 5 for 28 with six strikeouts in his rehab that began July 2 with Class A Charleston. He hit his first homer on Monday for AA Trenton.

A-Rod’s 20-day rehab limit ends Sunday, and he told a New York radio station Wednesday he expects to be in the Yankees’ lineup Monday at Texas.

Rodriguez said he felt fit enough to appear in a game.

“After playing four straight games, seven or eight plus innings, and being able to play today if I had to, that’s a great sign,” he told ESPN.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told ESPN New York that Rodriguez could be activated Monday or Tuesday, after a day off. If the team decides the third baseman is not ready for major-league games, he has to go back on the disabled list.

Also Wednesday, the Yankees found out that All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano is expected to be fine.

Cano took a 96-mph fastball from New York Met Matt Harvey to his right quadriceps in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

An X-ray taken at Citi Field was negative, and Cano, officially diagnosed with a bruised quad, traveled home to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday morning.

Cano is expected to be in the starting lineup Friday when the Yankees play in Boston.

Cuban pitcher says he has defected

DES MOINES, Iowa — Cuban pitcher Misael Siverio told a Spanish-language newspaper he has defected to the United States and is going to try to make it to the major leagues.

Siverio was part of the Cuban national team that traveled to Iowa for an exhibition game against a collegiate all-star team from the U.S. But he apparently left the delegation at some point after it arrived in Des Moines on Tuesday afternoon.

“Leaving behind your country is not easy, but this was a decision that I gave a lot of thought,” Siverio told El Nuevo Herald in Miami. “Of course, my dream is to play in the majors, and from now on I will start taking the first steps to make it happen.”

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida also welcomed the 24-year-old Siverio to the U.S. in a post on her Twitter account on Wednesday. A message was left by The Associated Press seeking comment from the Cuban-American Republican.

Siverio was not listed when Team USA released an updated roster for Cuba on Wednesday. Team USA CEO Paul Seiler told the AP that, from Cuba’s perspective, Siverio is no longer a member of their delegation.

Note

• The Spanish play-by-play announcer for the Arizona Diamondbacks is in custody for allegedly threatening his wife with a knife.

Court paperwork released Wednesday show 53-year-old Miguel Perez Quintana is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal damage.

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