A-Rod to return to Tampa Bay, but with a different lineup


(AP) New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to return home to New York on Monday, just days after the Yankees announced that he would undergo Tommy John surgery and undergo rehab for the injury.

Rodriguez was set to return Sunday night against the Tampa Bay Rays in a game that would have been played in New York if the Rays had won.

The Yankees announced the plan after a three-day break, citing “serious concerns” about Rodriguez’s recovery and his long-term health.

The Yankees also announced that outfielder Adam Warren will be placed on the disabled list with a strained right quadriceps, which will keep him out for the remainder of the season.

Rodriguez and his agent have been negotiating a one-year contract worth $20 million.

The agreement also includes a $4 million signing bonus and $10 million option bonus.

Rodney’s recovery will be overseen by Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman, the same doctor who performed Rodriguez’s surgery and who oversaw his recovery in the Yankees’ home clubhouse during his recovery.

Rodroduez, 35, has a history of health issues, including the 2009 surgery that left him paralyzed from the waist down.

The surgery was done after he hit the disabled lists.

Rodriquez has been playing catch in Tampa for the past few months, but the Yankees had said they wanted to wait for him to return.

The team said they would play him Tuesday night in the third game of a four-game series against the Miami Marlins, a game the Yankees won 3-2.