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Sunday, July 21, 2013
A-Rod will go to Tampa, not Texas

By Andrew Marchand

BOSTON -- Alex Rodriguez will not return from the disabled list because of a Grade 1 strain of his left quadriceps.

The New York Yankees slugger, who has missed the entire season after a second hip surgery, was slated to make his 2013 debut this week in Texas if he were able to stay healthy during his final minor league rehab tune-up for Triple-A Scranton this weekend.

On Saturday, Rodriguez came to the ballpark with what he described as stiffness in the quad. After playing Saturday as the designated hitter, he was not in the lineup on Sunday and the Yankees sent him back to New York for an MRI and examination from their team physician, Dr. Christopher Ahmad, who diagnosed the injury. A Grade 1 strain is considered the mildest level.

"I am extremely disappointed with the results of the MRI and hoping to be back as soon as possible and continue with my goal of coming back and helping the Yankees win a championship," Rodriguez said in a statement through his public relations firm.

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