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MLB roundup: Jeter begins rehab assignment Saturday

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The New York Yankees announced Friday that shortstop Derek Jeter will begin his rehab assignment Saturday for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Jeter is scheduled to play at least five innings at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Lehigh Valley.

Jeter broke his left ankle during the playoffs last year. He had surgery but a new break was found during spring training. He has not played since.

Third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who also has not played since having offseason hip surgery, was scheduled to play in a rehab game Friday in Tampa, Fla.

---The Pittsburgh Pirates will activate right-hander A.J. Burnett from the disabled list to start Sunday against the Chicago Cubs, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Burnett, 36, has been on the DL for nearly a month with a calf strain. He threw a bullpen session Thursday and will reportedly not need a rehab assignment.

Burnett is 4-6 with a 3.12 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 14 starts. He is also averaging 9.96 strikeouts per nine innings.

---Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is considered day-to-day after straining his upper back during Thursday's win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to the Denver Post.

Gonzalez left the game after striking out in the fifth inning. He was replaced in left field by rookie Corey Dickerson to start the sixth inning.

Manager Walt Weiss said Gonzalez is still expected to play Friday at the Arizona Diamondbacks.

---The Kansas City Royals released Jeff Francoeur after he passed through waivers unclaimed.

It is not surprising he went unclaimed because teams would be reluctant to pick up the $3 million remaining on his contract. Now he is a free agent and can sign with any team for any amount of money.

Francoeur, 29, hit .208 with three homers for the Royals this season.

---First baseman Ike Davis was recalled from the minors by the New York Mets on Friday, less than a month after being demoted to Triple-A, HardballTalk.com reported.

Davis was scheduled to hit cleanup against the Brewers on Friday.

Davis hit .293 with seven homers and seven doubles in 21 games with Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League. He was hitting .161 in 55 games for the Mets when he was demoted.
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