Sports briefs for July 21, 2013

Posted July 22, 2013, at 8:40 a.m.

Rodriguez injured but will report to Yankees

NEW YORK — New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will return to the team Monday despite being held out of his final minor league rehab game with a quad injury.

The New York Post reported Sunday that Rodriguez will work out for the team’s coaching staff and trainers to determine if he will be activated for Monday’s game against the Texas Rangers.

The injury is not considered serious. However, he will have an MRI, making his return to the Yankees lineup on Monday less likely, according to CBS Sports.

Rodriguez was scheduled to play with Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre but was pulled from the lineup because of the injury. It also limited him to designated hitter duties Saturday.

He sustained the injury Friday while sliding into second base.

Rodriguez, 37, is 8-for-40 in 13 minor league rehab games in coming back from offseason hip surgery.

Redskins’ Griffin to have knee examined

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will have his surgically repaired knee examined by Dr. James Andrews this week and decide whether or not to clear him for training camp, the Washington Post reported.

Griffin was injured during the playoffs in January and had surgery on his ACL. Andrews has been saying throughout the offseason that Griffin is ahead of schedule and should be ready for the start of this season.

Griffin participated in offseason workouts, has been running at full speed and cutting, and consistently saying his knee feels great.

If Andrews is not satisfied with how Griffin’s knee responds, the Redskins could place him on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Kirk Cousins is next on the Redskins’ depth chart at quarterback.

Astros’ Porter defends Bedard

Houston Astros manager Bo Porter defended starting pitcher Erik Bedard for taking himself out of Saturday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners with a no-hitter going in the seventh inning.

Bedard, who has a long history of arm problems, asked out of the game once he reached 109 pitches.

Porter told reporters Sunday he would have taken him out at 120 pitches.

After Saturday’s game, Bedard said, “I’ve had three shoulder surgeries. I’m not going over 110 (pitches). I’d rather pitch a couple more years than face another batter.”

Bedard struck out 10 in 6 1/3 innings, but walked five and allowed three runs (one earned) in the 4-2 loss. He was replaced by Jose Cisnero, who allowed a two-run double to Michael Saunders.

Auburn lands top JC player

Gulf Coast Community College wide receiver D’haquille Williams committed to Auburn on Sunday.

Williams, a five-star recruit and the No. 1 ranked junior college player in the country by 247Sports.com, chose Auburn over LSU and several other schools. He officially visited Auburn on Saturday.

Williams had 67 catches for 1,295 yards with 17 touchdowns in 11 games last year for Gulf Coast CC, which is in Perkinston, Miss.

Auburn has 14 commits so far for its 2014 class.

Blue Jays activate OF Cabrera

The Toronto Blue Jays activated outfielder Melky Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

To make room for Cabrera on the roster, the club optioned right-handed reliever Neil Wagner to Class AAA Buffalo.

Cabrera started Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays in left field and batted fifth. He missed 18 games with a sore left knee.

Cabrera entered Sunday batting .278 with three home runs and 29 RBI in 78 games.

Wagner was 2-3 with a 3.26 ERA in 20 appearances.

Florida LB Morrison arrested again

University of Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison was arrested for the second time in five weeks Sunday morning, the latest arrest for harassing a canine officer and resisting arrest, according to ESPN’s Gator Nation.

Police responded to a suspicious incident and disturbance call at a Gainesville hotel next to a nightclub Sunday at 3:43 a.m., according to an Alachua County Sheriff Office report.

While investigating a vehicle related to the call, police say Morrison — one of several men walking by in the area — approached the patrol car and started barking at the officer’s police dog through the open window.

The officer told Morrison to wait in front of his patrol car and he resisted when the officer tried to handcuff him. Two other officers helped detain Morrison, according to the police report.

Morrison told the officers he barked at the dog because the dog barked at him first. He was booked into the Alachua County Jail at 4:15 a.m.

Florida coach Will Muschamp said last week that he had not decided how he would discipline Morrison for his June 16 arrest for battery after he punched a nightclub bouncer because he was not given a discounted rate for admission.

If Morrison meets certain conditions within six months, the battery charge will be dismissed.

Morrison, a sophomore, expects to be the Gators’ starting middle linebacker this year.

Italian Antonelli killed in race crash in Russia

MOSCOW — Italian rider Andrea Antonelli died after a high-speed crash on the opening lap of a World Supersport Championship race at the Moscow Raceway on Sunday, Italian and Russian media reported.

Antonelli suffered a head wound when he came off his Kawasaki at 250 kph in torrential rain on the opening lap and was hit by a following rider, Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport said.

The 25-year-old Antonelli died after being taken to the circuit’s medical centre, it added.

Officials called off the race, and the day’s headline World Superbike Championship event.

Russia’s federal investigative committee was looking into the accident, the Russian Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Dodgers activate Kemp from DL

The Los Angeles Dodgers activated center fielder Matt Kemp from the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

Kemp was in the Dodgers’ lineup batting sixth against the Washington Nationals.

He has been bothered by left shoulder inflammation after having offseason surgery. He is .254 with four home runs in 61 games.

The Dodgers optioned outfielder Scott Van Slyke to Class AAA Albuquerque. He was batting .241 with a .309 on-base percentage, six home runs and 14 RBI in 87 at-bats for the Dodgers.

Browns’ Mingo signs 4-year deal

Linebacker Barkevious Mingo signed a four-year deal with a fifth-year club option with the Cleveland Browns. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Mingo was the sixth overall pick out of LSU, where he had 15 sacks, 11 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 40 career games with 15 starts.

Mingo had eight sacks in 2011 and 4.5 last year, but Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski isn’t concerned about the decline. Mingo did very little pass coverage at LSU and will have to learn that with the Browns.

Giants place LHP Affeldt on DL

The San Francisco Giants placed left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained left groin.

Affeldt is expected to be shelved for up to six weeks. He said he felt and heard a pop while pitching against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday.

The Giants recalled right-handed pitcher Jean Machi from Class AAA Fresno.

Affeldt, who is 1-4 with a 3.51 ERA in 33 1/3 innings over 38 appearances this year, also had a strained right oblique muscle earlier this year.

Padres place Marquis on DL

The San Diego Padres placed starting pitcher Jason Marquis on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain.

In a corresponding move, the club recalled right-handed relief pitcher Miles Mikolas from Class AAA Tucson.

The move to place Marquis on the DL is retroactive to Saturday. He was injured during his Friday start against the St. Louis Cardinals in which he went 5 1/3 innings and had no strikeouts. He is 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA this season.

Tyson Ross, who is 0-4 with a 3.60, will take Marquis’ spot in the rotation, taking the mound Tuesday.

Mikolas is 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA and 20 saves for Tucson.

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