A-Rod mum on possible suspension

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Alex Rodriguez didn't stop to talk with reporters after his rehabilitation session at the team's minor league complex, two days before Major League Baseball is likely to suspend the New York Yankees third baseman for his connection to a clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Coming back from January hip surgery and strained quadriceps he hurt in late July, Rodriguez increased the intensity of his leg workout by taking on-field batting practice and running the bases at the Yankees' minor league complex.

A-Rod felt tightness in the quad before the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders game on July 20. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he will play in a simulated game Thursday at the minor league complex.

Rodriguez could be sent to Double-A Trenton for a new rehab assignment on Friday - but a suspension would prevent him from playing in any major or minor league games unless the penalty is stayed.