MLB roundup: A-Rod back Monday despite injury

The Sports Xchange
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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will return to the team Monday despite being held out of his final minor league rehab game with a quad injury.
The New York Post reported Sunday that Rodriguez will work out for the team's coaching staff and trainers to determine if he will be activated for Monday's game against the Texas Rangers.
The injury is not considered serious. However, he will have an MRI, making his return to the Yankees lineup on Monday less likely, according to CBS Sports.
Rodriguez was scheduled to play with Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre but was pulled from the lineup because of the injury. It also limited him to designated hitter duties Saturday.
He sustained the injury Friday while sliding into second base.
Rodriguez, 37, is 8-for-40 in 13 minor league rehab games in coming back from offseason hip surgery.

---Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips defended comments he made to Cincinnati Magazine that his $72 million contract was a "slap in the face."
Phillips told USA Today on Saturday that he has nothing for which to apologize.
"I have nothing to get off my chest," he said. "What did I say wrong? Please tell me, what did I say wrong? I want to know what I said wrong. Please tell me. I want everyone to tell me exactly what did I say that was so wrong?"
Phillips signed a six-year, $72 million deal last year. He told Cincinnati Magazine in its August issue that it was unfair that he only got $72 million while teammate Joey Votto got $225 million over 10 years.

---Houston Astros manager Bo Porter defended starting pitcher Erik Bedard for taking himself out of Saturday night's game against the Seattle Mariners with a no-hitter going in the seventh inning.
Bedard, who has a long history of arm problems, asked out of the game once he reached 109 pitches.
Porter told reporters Sunday he would have taken him out at 120 pitches.

---The San Francisco Giants placed left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin.
Affeldt is expected to be out for up to six weeks. He said he felt and heard a pop while pitching against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.
The Giants recalled right-handed pitcher Jean Machi from Class AAA Fresno.

---The San Diego Padres placed starting pitcher Jason Marquis on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain.
In a corresponding move, the club recalled right-handed relief pitcher Miles Mikolas from Class AAA Tucson.
The move to place Marquis on the DL is retroactive to Saturday. He was injured during his Friday start against the St. Louis Cardinals in which he went 5 1/3 innings and had no strikeouts. He is 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA this season.

---The Los Angeles Dodgers activated center fielder Matt Kemp from the 15-day disabled list.
He has been bothered by left shoulder inflammation after having offseason surgery. He entered Sunday's action hitting is .254 with four home runs in 61 games.
The Dodgers optioned outfielder Scott Van Slyke to Class AAA Albuquerque.

---The Toronto Blue Jays activated outfielder Melky Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list.
To make room for Cabrera on the roster, the club optioned right-handed reliever Neil Wagner to Class AAA Buffalo.