A-Rod ready for next rehab phase

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Alex Rodriguez is to resume baseball activities Monday, more than a month following hip surgery on Match 9.

The third baseman has been working out in Vail, Colo., since the operation. The Yankees start a 3-game series Monday at the AL champion Tampa Bay Rays, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the 3-time AL MVP will resume swinging a bat after he reports to the team's minor league complex.

Girardi said Friday that Rodriguez has been swinging a broom for the past few weeks and slowly increasing his workload. Girardi doesn't expect Rodriguez to return to the Yankees before mid-May.

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