A-Rod ahead of schedule
DETROIT - Alex Rodriguez is set to play today in his first rehab game since March 9 hip labrum surgery, and he could rejoin the Yankees within 10 days. Rodriguez had originally been in line to return around May 15, but he is a few days ahead of schedule. Rodriguez will DH in a minor-league intrasquad game and could play third base in a game within a day or two. Marc Philippon, who performed the surgery on Rodriguez, watched the third baseman's workout in Tampa on Wednesday, and told The Associated Press: "He's looking good. Looking awesome." Manager Joe Girardi is eagerly looking forward to Rodriguez's return. When asked how the Yankees' lineup will look with Rodriguez in it, Girardi said: "It'll be substantially different. Our lineup gets a lot, lot deeper with him in it."ATHLETICS: Put infielders Nomar Garciaparra and Mark Ellis on the 15-day disabled list with calf injuries before Wednesday night's game against the Texas Rangers. Garciaparra went on the DL for the 13th time in his major-league career. INDIANS: Designated hitter Travis Hafner was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a sore right shoulder, an injury that limited him to 57 games last season. Hafner had surgery on the shoulder in October. He is batting .270 with four homers and eight RBIs in 17 games. Elsewhere, pitcher Adam Miller had the first stage of reconstructive surgery on his right middle finger.
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