• A-Rod: I Will Play For The Yankees Next Monday

    Posted by on July 17th, 2013 · Comments (14)

    Via WFAN -

    Alex Rodriguez says if all goes well he’ll be ready to rejoin the Yankees on Monday in Texas.

    Yes, Monday. As in five days from now, when New York starts a four-game series against the Rangers.

    “I will be back on Monday and I’m very excited,” A-Rod told WFAN radio’s Mike Francesa on Wednesday.

    A-Rod, who could face a suspension for his alleged part in baseball’s latest performance-enhancing drugs scandal, has been rehabbing from offseason hip surgery and is scheduled to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.

    Rodriguez also told Francesa that his camp hasn’t made a plea deal with MLB regarding a possible suspension stemming from the league’s investigation into Biogenesis, the closed anti-aging clinic accused of distributing PEDs to athletes.

    “There’s no deal that I’ve instructed anyone to do at this point,” he said.

    I wonder how Brian Cashman and the Yankees feel about this declaration from Alex?

    Comments on A-Rod: I Will Play For The Yankees Next Monday

    1. MJ Recanati
      July 17th, 2013 | 4:24 pm

      Alex Rodriguez said:

      There’s no deal that I’ve instructed anyone to do at this point.

      That’s an interesting choice of words by Alex. Makes it seem like there’s a deal on the table.

      Steve L. wrote:

      I wonder how Brian Cashman and the Yankees feel about this declaration from Alex?

      From a wins-and-losses standpoint, I’m sure they’re happy that the black hole at third base might be filled with a player that can be better than replacement level, or at least replacement level, anyway. Based on the union’s statements that any suspensions for Biogenesis would be served in 2014, it would appear that, if healthy, Rodriguez will play for the Yanks for the rest of 2013. Thereafter, it’s anyone’s guess what happens.

    2. July 17th, 2013 | 4:41 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      That’s an interesting choice of words by Alex. Makes it seem like there’s a deal on the table.

      Good catch.

    3. July 17th, 2013 | 4:50 pm

      So this sounds like Bill Madden’s plan, I mean, A-Rod’s plan to play in rehab games and then claim he is physically unable to perform, “retire” from the game, and get all the money he’s supposed to get isn’t exactly going according to the actual plan. Hm.

      Next Monday should be another interesting chapter of “As the Rod Turns”.

    4. MJ Recanati
      July 17th, 2013 | 5:49 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Good catch.

      Thanks Steve.

    5. July 18th, 2013 | 8:04 am

      Cashman confirms, via ESPN:

      If all goes according to plan, Alex Rodriguez will complete his minor league rehab this weekend and join the New York Yankees in Texas early next week.

      “That’s the hope,” general manager Brian Cashman said in a phone conversation Wednesday. “We’ll see through the weekend. We started the 20-day rehab and once we felt he could complete the 20 days and be available to us in Texas. So let’s get through the weekend and see where he is at and see if he is major league able.”

      Cashman said the Yankees could activate Rodriguez on Monday in Texas or give him an additional day off and push his first game to Tuesday.

      “We have to get through the weekend, and then we will evaluate it,” Cashman said.

      If the Yankees were to decide that Rodriguez wasn’t ready to return, he would remain on the disabled list. He would then work out for a period of time before going on another rehab assignment.

    6. July 18th, 2013 | 8:11 am

      What are the bets that something happens to A-Rod this weekend that impacts his return next week?

    7. Evan3457
      July 18th, 2013 | 2:08 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      What are the bets that something happens to A-Rod this weekend that impacts his return next week?

      About 1 chance in 3, I’d say.

      Just spitballing, there.

    8. July 18th, 2013 | 2:22 pm

      Then again, there’s always the chance that A-Rod comes back, plays for the Yankees, and then goes back on the DL after one game, eight games, or 15 games, and is out for the season.

    9. LMJ229
      July 18th, 2013 | 10:11 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Then again, there’s always the chance that A-Rod comes back, plays for the Yankees, and then goes back on the DL after one game, eight games, or 15 games, and is out for the season.

      Hmmm, let’s see ….
      Granderson back, then gone
      Youkilis back, then gone
      Texiera back, then gone
      Jeter back, then gone
      I’d say the chances are pretty good.

    10. MJ Recanati
      July 19th, 2013 | 7:53 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Hmmm, let’s see ….
      Granderson back, then gone
      Youkilis back, then gone
      Texiera back, then gone
      Jeter back, then gone
      I’d say the chances are pretty good.

      LOL, one could say a pattern has been established this year. :-D

    11. July 19th, 2013 | 10:49 am
    12. Raf
      July 20th, 2013 | 9:55 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Levine is feeling Randy about A-Rod’s return on Monday.

      Easy there, Mr. Peabody :P
      http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mb4m0utrl21qm998wo1_400.jpg

      :D

    13. Evan3457
      July 20th, 2013 | 10:13 am

      Even if he just matches what he did last season before his hip went, he’ll be a major improvement. Not worth $29 million a year, but that guy is never coming back.

    14. Evan3457
      July 20th, 2013 | 10:13 am

      He probably won’t match it, though.

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