The newspaper reviewed a 15-page synopsis of the New York Yankees
third baseman's meeting with federal agents, which took place on Jan
29, 2014. Since the Biogenesis scandal broke and yielded multiple
suspensions in 2013, Rodriguez vehemently denied the charges.
Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner underwent abdominal muscle surgery
on Oct. 16 to repair a core muscle injury to his right rectus
abdominis muscle near his ribs.
The surgery has a recovery period of four weeks,
Gardner, 31, signed a four-year, $52 million extension before last
season. In 148 games, he battled .256 with 17 home runs, 58 RBIs, 87
runs scored and 21 stolen bases.
The Texas Rangers announced Wednesday that former All-Star player
Michael Young is coming back to the organization as a special
assistant to the general manager.
Young, the team's longtime captain before he was traded to the
Philadelphia Phillies in 2012, played 12 seasons for the Rangers and
was a seven-time All-Star.
The Houston Astros obtained catcher Hank Conger in a trade with the
Angels on Wednesday for right-hander Nick Tropeano and minor league
catcher Carlos Perez.
The 26-year-old Conger batted .221 with four home runs and a
career-best 25 RBIs in 80 games for the Angels last season. He's
expected to back up starting catcher Jason Castro.
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Former major league pitcher Brad Halsey died Friday in Texas at age
USA Today reported that Halsey, who last pitched in the big leagues
in 2006, was killed in a recreational climbing accident near his
home in New Braunfels, Texas.
Outfielder/second baseman Alfonso Soriano, out of baseball since he
was released by the New York Yankees at midseason, announced his
retirement Tuesday in a radio interview in the Dominican Republic.
Soriano, 38, played 16 major league seasons and hit 412 home runs,
which ranks 50th all time and was fourth among players who appeared
in a game in 2014.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are turning to a man with a head for figures
as their new general manager. Oakland A's assistant general manager
Farhan Zaidi will be officially hired as Dodgers GM later this week,
multiple media outlets reported.
(Editing by Frank Pingue)
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