Alex Rodriguez diagnosed with Grade 1 quad strain, out 7 to 10 more games

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Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will spend some more time in Tampa now that he has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his quadriceps. Rodriguez was moved from third base to designated hitter prior to last night’s rehab game, then was subsequently scratched from today’s lineup. There was hope that he was nearing the end of his time in Tampa and he would join the Yankees to start the next week, but that will be pushed back at least one more week according to Bob Nightengale.

Rodriguez turns 38 years old on July 27 and has yet to play in 2013. He is earning $28 million this season and is owed $86 million from 2014-17. With 647 career home runs to his name, he receives a $6 million bonus for reaching 660. The Biogenesis scandal has put that milestone in jeopardy as Major League Baseball expressed interest in suspending him for at least 100 games.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.