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Alex Rodriguez says he'll be back on a Major League diamond soon, but for now, the New York Yankees’ exorbitantly paid third baseman is still rehabbing with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.

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More specifically, A-Rod is working to get back in a groove in Reading, Pa., where the Thunder will wrap up a three-game set with the Reading Phillies Wednesday afternoon.

A big league player — even a big league star — making a few rehab starts in the minors isn’t exactly out of the ordinary. But the buzz surrounding A-Rod’s comeback has as much or more to do with who’s looking out for him while he’s in town as it does with how he’s performing.

Enter Gene Snitsky, a 6-foot-8, 300-pound former WWE wrestler who was hired by the Reading Phillies to be one member of Rodriguez’s five-man security detail while he’s in Reading.

The motley crew also includes an athletic director, a principal, a teacher and a Harley-Davidson dealer, and for three days now, they’ve been assigned the role of A-Rod’s shadow. So far, the task hasn't been quite as challenging as Snitsky expected.

"On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d say maybe a 7.5," Snitsky told NJ.com when asked to rate the reception Rodriguez has received. "It’s not quite as bad as I expected, to be honest with you. I expected it to be a lot worse."

And truth be told, that’s probably for the best, because that’s an awfully ragtag group to be looking after such a valuable commodity.

Now, I’m not saying I’m about to run onto the field and throw sunflower seeds at A-Rod or stick a gum bubble to the top of his hat, but it’s a little surprising the Phils went with such a B-list group to take care of such an A-list star. (Then again, though, this is just Double-A.)

It’s not that they’re not capable guys or that they haven’t gotten the job done, but I can’t imagine Rodriguez put his stamp of approval on Principal Belding, Coach Bieste, Mr. Feeny and a no-name pro wrestler to watch his back. Especially when history says it would only take one kitchen sink to the dome to earn a clear path to the highest-paid man in baseball.

A-Rod, himself, seems more like a Mr. Perfect, Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster kind of guy, but for my money — or his money, rather — I'd have gone with Mick Foley, Sabu, New Jack, Sandman, Raven and the Dudley Boyz. Now that's a security detail worth paying for.

Now, for some links:

How is prison life working out for incarcerated former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez?

• The Houston Texans are playing a 'homecoming' game against the Patriots this season.

• New details on Johnny Manziel's hard partying at the Manning Camp.

• Phil Mickelson hit a shot backward to go forward during an Open Championship practice round:

• Kenny Powers — err, Danny McBride — gets owned by a pair of roller skates during a taping of 'Eastbound and Down', pays visit to ER as a result.

• Senseless violence claims a high school football player in New Jersey.

• One day after retiring as a player, Blake Geoffrion got a job on the scouting staff of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

• Kevin Durant is in Taiwan, where he seems to be having... fun?:

• In other pro wrestling news, a judge ordered the arrest of Nature Boy Ric Flair for contempt of court related to unpaid spousal support . . .

• . . . just as his ex-wife turned herself into police on charges of making a harassing phone call.

• Florida Gators defensive lineman Dominique Easley could use a history lesson:

• Paul Pierce created an Instagram account and posted more than 40 photos thanking Boston for his time with the Celtics.

• Jeff Teague was on the Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios when he found out he'd be staying with the Atlanta Hawks.

• And Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel was out hog-hunting when he learned he'd been drafted by the Boston Red Sox.

• This is about as bad as a soccer play gets:

• Go ahead and read this SB Nation profile of Seth Jones, who may be the NHL's first African-American superstar.

• Washington football player gets one-day jail sentence.

• America's best milkshake is in Philadelphia — a perfect pair with a cheesesteak when you're in town for a game.

• There was a time when the Tigers manager went by “Jimbo” Leyland:

• New York Jets rookie Geno Smith on fellow quarterback Mark Sanchez: "Me and Mark are cool."

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• Ron Zook is working at a bank in Florida.

• This guy set the Guinness World Record for the world’s fastest drummer:

• Was Tim Tebow worried about Aaron Hernandez two years ago?

• How many consecutive pitches can a baseball fan watch?

• Victor Cruz just signed a six-year, $45 million contract, but doesn't think he got what he deserved.

• “OK, Tyler, we want you to really let our fans know how excited you are to be here”:

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