Alex Rodriguez tweeted yesterday that, according to the surgeon in charge of his surgery and rehab, he was ready to play. According to Andrew Marchand at ESPN, made Brian Cashman Furious because team doctors haven’t made that call, and the Yankees want to control the flow of that information.
That’s perfectly understandable; player injury/preparedness news should come from the club, not from the player. What if ARod really is ready to go, but the Yankees don’t want him back? David Adams is having an atrocious rookie season at the plate. There is no doubt ARod’s bat would have a positive impact on the lineup. But the Yankees sit only 2.5 back of Boston despite the extended absence of supposedly key components such as ARod, Teixeira, Jeter, and Granderson. It is interesting to note that if Rodriguez comes back before the break and hits near the approximate clip of his HR rate prior to injury, he will have enough games this season to likely pass Mays, which would cost the Yankees six million dollars bonus money. No wonder Cashman is furious.