Dramatic day ends with Yankees, Alex Rodriguez settling on Aug. 1 target date for rehab assignment
|07.26.13 at 9:45 am ET|
Another day, another twist.
By the time all was said and done Thursday, Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees were publicly on the same page: The injured and controversy-prone third baseman, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery and more recently a Grade 1 quad strain, will begin a rehab assignment Aug. 1 and could return to the majors shortly thereafter.
“Obviously, I’m an employee. I have to follow my bosses and I was on the phone with both of my bosses,” Rodriguez told WFAN radio in New York. ”They said there is a protocol.”
Before that apparent agreement, however, was a drama straight out of daytime TV.
It started when Rodriguez publicly urged the Yankees to remove him from the disabled list for Friday’s contest with the Rays in the Bronx by insisting that his quad, which he injured while on a rehab assignment last weekend, was fine.
“I don’t want any more mixups,” A-Rod said in a statement. “I’m excited and ready to play and help this team win a championship. I feel great and I’m ready and want to be in the lineup Friday night. Enough doctors, let’s play.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman countered by mentioning the Aug. 1 target date to restart a rehab assignment, a plan Rodriguez begrudgingly agreed to.
ESPNNewYork.com reported Rodriguez and organization president Randy Levine spoke Thursday night, and Rodriguez mentioned his distrust in team doctor Chris Ahmed. There also was a conference call with Cashman, Levine, Rodriguez and the player’s lawyer, Jordan Siev, to formally set a course of treatment.
Aside from his timetable to return, A-Rod reportedly will be punished by the Yankees for Wednesday’s chapter of this never-ending story. He received a second opinion on his quad from a doctor who said there was nothing wrong after viewing the MRI results, but since he did not get team approval beforehand as per the collective bargaining agreement, he likely will be fined.
All of that is starting to weight on his teammates, according to one New York newspaper. The Daily News has one Yankeee anonymously ripping Rodriguez, saying teammates “are just tired of it,” with “it” being the media circus that has picked up in recent weeks.
“I would like his bat in the lineup,” the unnamed Yankee said. “We could obviously use it because the potential for some home runs would help us a lot. But with the circus that’s surrounding him right now, I don’t think anybody wants that.”
Rodriguez, of course, still is embroiled in the Biogenesis scandal and could face a suspension from MLB sooner rather than later.
Pete Rose, baseball’s all-time hits leader who is also the only living person with a lifetime suspension from MLB, took to the airwaves Thursday to advise cheaters to “come clean as quickly as you can.”
In his spot on ESPN Radio, Rose also said Rodriguez has a considerable “lack of confidence,” even with his natural talent.
“All the texts I had with A-Rod and I got a lot of them from him and I texted him back they were all about his confidence,” Rose said. “For a guy making $25, 27 million a year, hitting 50 home runs, knocking in 120 runs, hitting .300, I never seen a guy that was so lack of confidence like he was. All he needs someone to do is pat him on the ass every damn time, [say] how good he is or how good he was.”
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