You tell me. Via SI today –
Brian Cashman’s expression said it all.
Every time Alex Rodriguez’s name was mentioned Friday, the New York Yankees general manager appeared as if he might get sick.
The subject was the third baseman’s claim that his left quadriceps really isn’t injured, but it could have been any one several topics: Rodriguez’s alleged performance-enhancing drug use, his pesky Twitter and radio appearances or his knack for creating tabloid headlines.
Cashman challenged A-Rod to have his leg examined by an outside doctor, defending the team’s medical and training staff and saying he wouldn’t comment on “extra noise.”
The third baseman detailed his frustration during a radio interview Thursday, just hours after team management said he wouldn’t be ready to resume minor league rehab games until Aug. 1. Rodriguez wouldn’t answer when asked whether he trusted the Yankees.
“The MRI is the MRI. It’s fact. You can’t change the results on an MRI,” Cashman said before Friday’s homestand opener against Tampa Bay. “So, we’re very comfortable with it, and if anybody wants to utilize the process in place with the union, go right ahead. It’s not something we’re afraid of.”
Cashman’s careful answers sounded more like those of a White House press secretary rather than responses of a big league GM.
“I’m not going to comment really on the Alex stuff. Feel free to just reach out to Alex and ask him, because that’s something that’s hard to keep up with,” Cashman said. “I just provide you the facts, and that’s what I’ll continue to do. We’re running a baseball team, and I will provide you with the most accurate information that I can provide on a daily basis about anybody and everybody who’s either healthy on that field or hurt and what the current state of their medical condition is and their rehab.”
Cashman praised outfielder Alfonso Soriano, acquired Friday from the Chicago Cubs from a minor leaguer. His accolades for Soriano’s attributes could be interpreted by some as criticism of what Rodriguez is not.
“Over the years, we used to be attracted to all types of players and all types of personalities. If they could play, that’s all the mattered,” Cashman said. “I do think with the evolution social media and the explosion of the Internet and ESPN, everything, that having high-character guys that work hard and get along with everybody and obviously you have talent to boot, clearly is important.”
At the least, it’s nice to see the Yankees come out and admit what some of us have been seeing, and commenting on, for years.