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AL East notes: David Ortiz, Robinson Cano, Yankees' injuries

There were several happenings in the American League East today, including a Jay-Z siting!

Jeff Gross

Yankees injury roundup

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was cleared to resume playing catch on Monday, and he hopes to ramp up his rehab efforts in the near future. New York wants to see the captain play in back-to-back nine-inning games before activating him from the disabled list. They still don't have a timetable for his return.

Meanwhile, right-hander Phil Hughes is scheduled for a rehab start, and Mark Teixeira shed his wrist brace.

Big Papi more stable

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is confident that he'll return to action this week in Fort Myers at extended spring training. He's been slowly increasing his level of agility drills and sprints, and he should soon be cleared to run the bases. The slugger has been hampered by his Achilles' injury since last July

Cano ditches Boras for... Jay-Z?

It was announced this morning that Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano fired agent Scott Boras. It later came out that Cano had reached an agreement with CAA to represent him. However, the bigger news is the involvement of rapper/entrepreneur Jay-Z, who is hoping to eventually start his own agency. Cano's change of heart could mean New York has a greater chance of signing the free agent-to-be to a long-term contract extension before he hits the open market.

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