Via the Post –
A-Rod went AWOL — creating yet another tension point in the already-stressed relationship between the one-time star and the Yankees.
Following Alex Rodriguez’s meeting in Tampa on Friday with Major League Baseball officials investigating his ties to performance-enhancing drugs and Biogenesis, A-Rod was scheduled to play for the Single-A Tampa Yankees.
However, sources told The Post Rodriguez never showed up for what was going to be his seventh rehab game, and organization officials were scrambling to find him. Eventually, sources said, Rodriguez informed the Yankees he was not going to play Friday, which infuriated team officials.
As it turned out, the game was postponed by rain.
But sources say Rodriguez had enough time to get from the nearby location where he was interrogated to the park before any official word had come down about whether the game would be played or not. He was not excused by organization officials from attending the game and, in fact, the Yankees had been told by MLB the interview would be done in a time frame to allow Rodriguez to continue his rehab games. The meeting ended about two hours before the scheduled first pitch.
Reached by phone, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman refused to comment on whether Rodriguez was absent without permission. An A-Rod spokesperson did not directly address his absence.
“Alex is back in the lineup tonight and laments the [Friday] game was rained out, he will not comment on any other topics,” the spokesperson said.
Multiple sources have told The Post Rodriguez never made it to George M. Steinbrenner Field, where the Yankees also hold major league spring training. A published report, nevertheless, stated he did. The report claimed Rodriguez arrived at the team facility hours after his sit-down with MLB investigators, and that he was greeted by some soft applause by an estimated 50 people.
Later, the game was postponed.
Can’t you just feel the love?