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A-Rod to resume activities soon

A-Rod to resume activities soon

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NEW YORK -- On the disabled list for the first time in his Yankees career, Alex Rodriguez may be cleared on Wednesday to take his initial steps back toward the starting lineup.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Tuesday that Rodriguez could resume some light baseball activities as the team continues its homestand. Rodriguez has been on the disabled list since April 30 with a Grade 2 strain of his right quadriceps, and Wednesday will make seven days since he was advised to simply rest the injury.

"It's been that week that we talked about," Girardi said. "[Alex could be] possibly starting to do some more functional stuff where he might take some swings."

The DL assignment is Rodriguez's first since he spent the better part of July 2000 on the shelf with the Mariners. Rodriguez originally injured his quad while running out a ground ball on April 20 at Baltimore and missed three games before returning, leaving the club to be present for the birth of his second daughter, Ella Alexander, in Miami.

Girardi said that Rodriguez would not be permitted to rush back into the lineup as he had last month, which further aggravated the injury, and the team will watch his running closely. The Yankees have not yet decided if Rodriguez will require a Minor League rehabilitation assignment before he can be activated.

"I think that's up to him individually," Girardi said. "I don't necessarily think he needs one, but he might feel more comfortable getting a few games under his belt."

Girardi said he was pleased that, in Rodriguez's absence, the top of the Yankees' order has adjusted to make up some of the production to help sweep a three-game series from the Mariners.

In New York's past two games entering play on Tuesday, the Nos. 1-4 batters -- Johnny Damon, Derek Jeter, Bobby Abreu and Hideki Matsui -- were batting a combined .568 (21-for-37) with 11 runs scored and nine RBIs.

"We faced some tough pitchers, pitchers who had a lot of success this year," Girardi said. "We faced [Erik] Bedard, [Felix] Hernandez and [Carlos] Silva, and those guys had all been throwing the ball pretty well. The top of the order was tremendous. We've picked up the slack."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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