Oct 16, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) during batting practice before game three of the 2012 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Cashman Denies Slowing Down Alex Rodriguez’s Rehab


Alex Rodriguez joined twitter and started tweeting updates about his rehab including one saying doctors had cleared him to play. But when New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman found out about it he was surprisingly upset and said A-Rod needs to “shut the f— up.

Alex Rodriguez responded through his publicist and now reports are making the rounds that the New York Yankees are intentionally slowing his rehab down because they don’t want him back. Brian Cashman denied the rumors.

“Make no mistake, if Alex Rodriguez is healthy, we want him and I want him playing third base for us yesterday,” Cashman said, via ESPN. “He’s doing everything, I know, in his power to get here to do that. We’re clearly a better team with him. We’re not holding him back. We’re not trying to hold him back. We’re obviously taking every step in the process.”

Team president Randy Levine supported Cashman and the corporate line denying reports they’re slowing A-Rod’s rehab down.

“Nobody wants to delay him,” Levine said. “The sooner he comes back, the better. If he comes back healthy, he’ll really help us.”

The New York Post reported that A-Rod had told Yankees officials he wasn’t quite ready to return to action. That would contradict reports that the Yankees are slowing down A-Rod’s rehab.

“He is not ready to play in games,” the paper quoted a source as saying. “He is worried about his health.”

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