A-Rod could return Monday against Rangers

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Alex Rodriguez is going to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday, likely the final stop in his rehabilitation from left hip surgery before he returns to the Yankees as early as Monday against the Rangers in Arlington.

Rodriguez is 5 for 28 with six strikeouts in his rehab that began July 2 with Class-A Charleston. He hit his first homer on Monday for Double-A Trenton.

A-Rod’s 20-day rehab limit ends Sunday and he told a New York radio station Wednesday he expects to be in the Yankees lineup Monday at Texas.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told ESPN New York that Rodriguez could be activated Monday or Tuesday, after a day off. If the team decides the third baseman is not ready for major league games he has to go back on the disabled list.

Draft spending up: Teams spent $219.9 million on signing bonuses for selections in baseball’s amateur draft this year, up 6 percent from $207.8 million at a similar point last year.

The rise followed a 10 percent drop from a record $233.6 million in 2011, the last year before restrictions imposed by baseball’s collective bargaining agreement with players.

Rangers exceed bonus pool: Eleven teams, including the Rangers, went over their signing bonus pools — one more than last year — and will pay a total of $1.8 million in tax, according to preliminary figures compiled by MLB.

But no club went over by more than 5 percent and reached the second level of penalties, which would cause a club to forfeit its next first-round draft pick.

Baseball’s labor contract assigns a slot value to all picks in the first 10 rounds, with the amount starting at $7,790,400 this year for the first pick and decreasing to $135,300 for the final selections of the 10th round.

Exceeding their thresholds were the Braves ($156,950 tax), Cubs ($383,925), Royals ($59,025), Dodgers ($190,050), Yankees ($85,500), Phillies ($55,125), Pirates ($73,350), Cardinals ($243,375), Giants ($169,950), Mariners ($220,500) and Rangers ($170,775).

— From wire reports

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