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Alex Rodriguez joins Thunder for another rehab, this time in Trenton

Published On: Aug 02 2013 11:02:01 AM EDT   Updated On: Aug 02 2013 11:10:35 AM EDT
Alex Rodriguez, July 2013

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The New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez will begin a short minor league injury rehab assignment in Trenton on Friday as the slugger tries to return to the major leagues before an expected suspension.

A-Rod is set to play for the Trenton Thunder -- the Yankees' double-A affiliate -- as the team begins a three-game series against the Reading Fightin Phils at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton.

Rodriguez played a pair of games for Trenton when the Thunder visited FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading last month. Rodriguez went 2-for-4 in the first game, hitting his first home run since Sept. 14, 2012. He went 0-for-3 in the second game.

Rodriguez played a simulated game Thursday at the Yankees' spring training complex in Florida, with the team afterward saying he will play for the Thunder against Reading for two games through Saturday.

Monday appears to be the deadline for Rodriguez and 13 other players to accept suspensions for their ties to the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.

It's considered unlikely the Yankees would bring him back up to the majors while they play a series in San Diego this weekend. If he's not suspended by Monday, the three-time MVP could rejoin the Yankees as they open a series against the Chicago White Sox.

Major League Baseball is threatening to kick Rodriguez out of the game for life unless he agrees not to fight a lengthy suspension for his role in the sport's latest drug scandal. That's according to a person familiar with the discussions.

A-Rod is the most prominent player linked in media reports over the past seven months to a closed Florida anti-aging clinic that allegedly distributed banned performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez has denied using them since 2003.