Yankees' A-Rod cleared to play

Yankees' A-Rod cleared to play
July 1, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Alex Rodriguez didn't tweet it this time, but he can play.

According to a tweet by Major League Baseball, the Yankees' third baseman has been cleared by the Yankees to begin a rehab assignment and is scheduled to join Single-A Charleston on Tuesday.

Rodriguez, who has faced scrutiny for the latest steroid allegations related to the Biogenesis scandal, tweeted that he had been cleared for game action last week, to which Yankees' general manager Brian Cashman told him to "shut the f*** up" about him tweeting rehab updates. (Keep in mind Rodriguez joined the Twitter world in late May and has only tweeted nine times, while having 53,000 followers.)

Cashman has since apologized for his reaction, but now Rodriguez, who is signed through 2017 and has upward of $100 million left on his 10-year, $275 million deal, can try to help the Yankees.

New York ranked last in the majors in runs scored in the month of June. On June 1, the Yankees owned a 31-24 record and were second in the American League East. However, since June 9, they have been 5-13 and have fallen to fourth place with a struggling, injury-plagued lineup.

The Yankees have called up players like Zoilo Almonte and David Adams to fill voids in the lineup. Rodriguez and Derek Jeter have yet to take a plate appearance for the Yankees this season, while Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Kevin Youkilis have combined for a .204 batting average in 186 at-bats.

The Yankees trail the Red Sox by 6.5 games in the division, and though it is only July, they have struggled to put up runs. They have scored four or more runs once in the past seven games and seven or more runs just twice since May 25. They are the third-worst hitting team (.239) in the American League and have scored the fourth-fewest runs in the A.L. (310). The Red Sox, meanwhile, lead the majors with 431 runs scored.