Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez started his third week of on-field work by adding defensive drills and hitting in a cage.
The 37-year-old, recuperating from left hip surgery on Jan. 16, fielded grounders and took 25 swings during a batting practice session in an indoor cage Monday at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa, Fla.
New York expects A-Rod to return after the All-Star break.
First baseman Mark Teixeira, sidelined by a right wrist injury, took another step toward playing in minor league games by batting in a simulated game against a pair of minor league pitchers. Teixeira has been out since injuring his wrist with the U.S. team on March 5 before the World Baseball Classic.
Corner infielder Kevin Youkilis, on the disabled list with a lumbar spine sprain, continued taking on-field batting practice.
RANGERS MOVE LOWE
The Texas Rangers designated right-hander Derek Lowe for assignment, clearing the way for Josh Lindblom to make his first career major league start against Oakland.
Lowe won a big league roster spot out of spring training after signing a minor league contract in March, then allowed 13 earned runs in 13 innings. The 39-year-old, former Mariners prospect gave up seven hits and eight runs with two homers in his last 22/3 innings.
The Rangers have 10 days to trade or release Lowe or attempt to send him outright to the minors.
Lowe was drafted by Seattle in the eighth round of the 1991 amateur draft. He was traded, along with catcher Jason Varitek, to the Boston Red Sox for closer Heathcliff Slocumb in 1997.
The Blue Jays recalled outfield prospect Anthony Gose and optioned right-hander Mickey Storey to Triple-A Buffalo. … The Mets signed right-handed reliever David Aardsma to a minor league contract and assigned him Triple-A Las Vegas. The former Mariners closer opted out of his minor league deal with the Marlins on Wednesday. … Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring and first baseman Ryan Howard is day to day with a sore left knee. Also, the team put pitcher Mike Adams (back strain) on the 15-day disabled list and recalled catcher Humberto Quintero from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. … Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis, who is recovering from elbow surgery, threw for Double-A Frisco in a rehab outing. Also, catcher A.J. Pierzynski is expected to back in the lineup Tuesday. … Reds ace Johnny Cueto was activated from the 15-day disabled list. The team optioned infielder Neftali Soto to Triple-A Louisville. … The Twins recalled left-hander Caleb Thielbar and optioned pitcher Pedro Hernandez to Triple-A Rochester.