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A-Rod moved to DH with tight quad

MOOSIC, Pa. -- Alex Rodriguez's left quad injury may hamper his return to the Yankees.

Rodriguez felt tightness in his left quad after running the bases and sliding in Friday night's game with Triple-A Scranton. That tightness forced him to move from third base to designated hitter on Saturday.

It also may keep him from playing in Sunday's game with Scranton. But Rodriguez remains confident that he will join the Yankees in Texas on Monday.

"I'm optimistic that Monday is our day. And we'll go from there," Rodriguez said after going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts with Triple-A Scranton on Saturday.

Rodriguez said he will huddle with Yankee manager Joe Girardi and, possibly, other members of the Bombers brain trust either late Saturday night or Sunday morning to determine his next course of action.

He may sit out of Sunday's game with Scranton to rest his quad and get treatment. But regardless of whether he plays or sits on Sunday, Rodriguez believes he will rejoin the Yankees in Texas on Monday, when they begin a three-game series against the Rangers.

Rodriguez said he may sit out Monday's game against the Rangers and make his debut on Tuesday.

"I think it's just a matter of how I wake up in the morning," said Rodriguez, who has been sidelined since having hip surgery in January. "I'm going to go get some treatment. I'll get some more treatment in the morning. (Sunday) might be a good treatment day and then just strap it up Monday. But I'll talk to Joe and just see how he feels."

Sunday is the final day of Rodriguez's 20-day rehab stint. He is 8-for-40 with two homers and 11 strikeouts in 13 rehab games.

After Sunday afternoon's game, the Yankees have to decide whether they want to recall Rodriguez to the majors or keep him on the disabled list.

GM Brian Cashman has said that he expects Rodriguez to return to the Yankees on Monday if he makes it through his final rehab games without incident.

Rodriguez was visibly upset when speaking to reporters on Saturday night. He said he was downtrodden because he'd suffered an injury at the tail end of a long rehab.

He was asked several times if the injury may affect his ability to play for the Yankees on Monday.

"I hope not," he said. "Even if Monday's in jeopardy, there's always Tuesday. It's been a long road and obviously, I'm just down about it."

Rodriguez, who will turn 38 on Saturday, is trying to return from a second hip surgery. He has not played in a major league game since the 2012 postseason in which he went 3-for-25 with 12 strikeouts. He was pinch-hit for and benched during the playoffs.

Looming over Rodriguez's potential return is his alleged involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

Rodriguez is expected to be suspended when the penalties come down. There is no set date when they will be announced, though they are expected at some point in the second half of the season.

However, players' association executive director Michael Weiner said the appeal process may take long enough that suspensions would not take place until 2014.

If that were the case, it may help the Yankees with their goal of getting under $189 million to take advantage of financial incentives in the collective bargaining agreement.

For every 50 games that Rodriguez would be suspended, the Yankees would save around $7.5 million.