A-Rod to play at Reading tonight

Rodriguez
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Posted: July 16, 2013

I F YOU'RE AN Alex Rodriguez fan, tonight may be your best chance to see him play for a while.

The third baseman is scheduled to play for the Trenton Thunder in the opener of a three-game series against the Fightin Phils in Reading at 7:05 p.m.

A-Rod, who had hip surgery during the offseason, has not played for the Yanks this season. And, according to a New York Daily News I-Team report, Rodriguez and Major League Baseball may be nearing a deal in which the 14-time All-Star is suspended 150 games for his involvement in a performance-enhancing drug scandal.

According to the report, written by Bill Madden and Teri Thompson, MLB met with A-Rod for over 4 1/2 hours on Friday and told him of the case it had compiled against him. The report said the league has been working with Anthony Bosch, the head of the now-closed Biogenesis clinic that allegedly provided PEDs to Rodriguez and other major league players.

Sources told the newspaper a 150-game suspension might be the best Rodriguez can do.

A spokesperson for Rodriguez told the New York Daily News on Saturday night that "nobody from Alex's [legal] team has made any such comments [about a deal]."

Yesterday, A-Rod had a run-scoring double and two RBI for Class A Tampa. It was his first extra-base hit in eight minor league rehab games.

He'll play Game 9 tonight in Reading.

"I'm very excited to be going up [to Double A], absolutely," Rodriguez told the Associated Press. "I think we're on schedule. It was a very good week. Things are moving forward."

Rodriguez said he hopes to return to the Yankees on July 22 against the Rangers in Texas.

"That's the target," he said. "I'm very much looking forward to that date."

MLB, of course, may have other ideas.

Stay tuned.

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