• A-Rod Has No Clue When He Will Be Back?

    Posted by on June 28th, 2013 · Comments (5)

    Via Bob Klapisch today –

    Let’s face it, in terms of entertainment value, all the Yankees have is the Alex Rodriguez-front office war – a real doozy, at that. Club officials have nothing but contempt for A-Rod, a sentiment that goes both ways. But they’re also stumped by the slugger’s recent behavior and public comments, which one insider characterized as “bizarre.”

    Despite Rodriguez’s optimistic updates on Twitter on Tuesday, indicating he was ready to begin playing rehab games, he told GM Brian Cashman and team president Randy Levine the exact opposite. According to a source, Rodriguez said during a 30-minute conference call, “I don’t know when I’m coming back. It could be in July, it could be in August. It might not be this year.”

    That directly contradicts the timetable A-Rod laid out on Twitter, when he announced he’d been cleared by Dr. Bryan Kelly to accelerate his regimen. News of the setback was first reported by the New York Post on Thursday. But as if to dramatize the now-seemingly false announcement, Rodriguez included an Instagram photo of himself chatting with Kelly at the club’s Tampa training facility.

    But, again, there’s more to this than Rodriguez was letting on. Kelly, a New York-based surgeon, did not examine A-Rod this week, nor had he been dispatched by the Yankees to do so. The doctor was at the facility only to check in on other players and happened to run into Rodriguez by chance.

    Furthermore, while Kelly successfully repaired the tear in Rodriguez’s right hip labrum, he’s not the one overseeing A-Rod’s rehab. That’s the domain of Christopher Ahmad, the Yankees’ physician. And, as the Bombers have been saying all week, Rodriguez has not been given permission to play extended spring training games.

    “He’s not ready for that, that’s all there is to it,” said one official. So the more pressing question is why Rodriguez would bother spreading good news, knowing it was nothing more than wish-casting – if not a boldfaced lie? To this, the Yankees admit they have no answer. The player Cashman once went to such lengths to protect – interceding on his behalf with Joe Torre and Derek Jeter – is now in his own orbit, without a single ally in the organization.

    I’ve said it before, and, I will say it again: A-Rod is really starting to head down that Pete Rose & Barry Bonds path…

    Comments on A-Rod Has No Clue When He Will Be Back?

    1. June 28th, 2013 | 2:06 pm
    2. #15
      June 28th, 2013 | 3:10 pm

      Since I’m on a roll after the Tex announcement…

      Related to the CBS news link above…

      From me yesterday:

      1.Perhaps Cashman was giving A-Rod a look at the next 4.5 years. There will be no A-Rod day at the Stadium. There will be no Old Timers Games, no first pitches, no stopping in to chat with Michael Kay in the booth.
      2.In other words, “What is it worth to you to just fade away and not have to endure this multi-year beating? The HOF is off the table. No one cares about the stats you have compiled. Don’t go away mad, just go away.”
      3. “On the insurance front…. If it means not pushing himself like Gale Sayers circa 1968 to get back to full form and he can still get paid… Well, he’s not above that. Easily done without committing fraud. He’s had major operations on both hips. No one can deny that. He’s appeared to have worked hard in rehabbing. No one can deny that. But does he fight through the pain to really get himself in game-shape for 4.5 more of the most grueling of professional sport seasons, or just go through the motions and say, tearfully at a press conference, that he’s waking up at night screaming in pain, *****he’s afraid of the prospects of watching his kids grow up while he sits in a wheelchair,****** it’s just too hard, and he can’t do it anymore. He can flinch a lot or not flinch at all when they check his range of motion. He can underplay it or overplay it when they ask him “Does this hurt”. Let’s not ignore the fact that he does have degenerative hip issues. They are real. We aren’t talking about a kid faking a stomach ache to get out of school. There are real, documented medical problems.”

      #15 shoots….#15 scores!

    3. redbug
      June 28th, 2013 | 4:53 pm

      Seriously, Arod is a nutcase.

    4. June 28th, 2013 | 7:38 pm

      There is no real surprise in any of this. I know I have commented here a few times that AROD would never play another game in a Yankee uniform. The ultimate question of course is and has been since late last fall, who gets stuck with the check.

      The injury bug is spreading, exYankee Ramiro Pena now with the Braves (and having a Nix type season) injured his shoulder and is out for the year.

    5. June 28th, 2013 | 9:05 pm

      redbug wrote:

      Seriously, Arod is a nutcase.

      The post of the year 🙂

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