A-Rod can return to game action July 1

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A-Rod’s a-comin’!

[Alex] Rodriguez … can return to game action a week from Monday, according to his doctors, and is expected to join the Yankees’ Single-A team in Tampa, where he has been rehabbing since hip surgery in January. Yankees GM Brian Cashman told the Daily News Sunday that while he hasn’t discussed an exact date for A-Rod’s return to game action, “it sounds like it’s on schedule. He’s been running, throwing, fielding, and I know it’s approaching. It’s coming.”

That elipses was to take out a reference to Anthony Bosch and Biogenesis which has absolutely nothing to do with A-Rod’s rehab but which the Daily News feels obligated to insert into every reference to A-Rod. Question: do they do this with Frankie Cervelli? Nelson Cruz? One wonders …

A-Rod probably needs about 20 games before he can play in the bigs again, Brian Cashman says.  So watch for the man everyone loves to hate just after the All-Star break.

Shohei Ohtani no longer facing Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium

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Shohei Ohtani has essentially become the Angels’ designated Sunday starting pitcher, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning that the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star will be skipped in the rotation this weekend at Yankee Stadium for “workload management” purposes.

Ohtani is fine to continue hitting, so there’s no sense of any physical ailment.

This decision will rob us — and the Japanese media — of a showdown between Ohtani and countrymate Masahiro Tanaka. And for that we are rather devastated, but you can understand the Angels’ concerns about overuse.

Ohtani has registered a 3.35 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, and 52/14 K/BB ratio through his first 40 1/3 innings (seven starts) as a major league pitcher and he’s slashing .308/.364/.582 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games as a part-time DH.