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Report: Alex Rodriguez might not be ready when his 20-day rehab clock expires

Jul 11, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

Alex Rodriquez AP

It wasn’t too long ago that we were hearing reports that Alex Rodriguez might beat Derek Jeter back from the disabled list. Well, that obviously didn’t happen. But now CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman is hearing that A-Rod might not even be ready when his 20-day rehab clock expires later this month.

As far as his rehab from his second extensive hip operation is concerned, Rodriguez is said to be experiencing “regular soreness” and although he is not in pain, even people close to him say he is “definitely not ready” for the big leagues with only 10 days to go in the rehab process. Meanwhile, Rodriguez, who turns 38 later this month, speaks hopefully about his return to the field, suggesting to friends he’d expect to move up from Class A Tampa to Double-A Trenton sometime next week with an eye on July 22, which is the day after his allotted 20-day rehab expires. If he isn’t ready for that game, that would be a major setback, as he can’t simply re-start rehab but must wait five more days to re-start rehab.

“I don’t think anybody thinks he’ll be back then. Yankees people don’t think he’s up to it physically,” one source said.

Rodriguez, who had hip surgery in January, began his rehab assignment back on June 30. The 37-year-old hasn’t been able to shake the rust at the plate quite yet, as he’s just 2-for-15 (.133) with zero extra-base hits, one RBI and three strikeouts in seven games between Class A Charleston and High-A Tampa. His game tonight was rained out.

While the timeline for his return is looking cloudy at the moment, Rodriguez will reportedly meet with MLB investigators tomorrow about his alleged connections to Biogenesis. It’s unlikely that much will come out of it, as he’s expected to use his “Jenkins” rights and essentially plead the fifth.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Once the 20 day rehab clock expires what happens? I assume that he would pass through waivers and could then be out righted to the minors to continue to rehab.

    • GoneYickitty - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      Not sure if you’re trying to be funny, but MLB would grant extra time if he’s legitimately still rehabbing. The rule is to keep teams from stashing guys there.

    • paperlions - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      You can’t assign a guy with no options left to the minors unless he agrees to go. If they waive him and he passes through waivers, he would be a FA and they would be responsible for paying the remainder of his contract no matter who else he signed with after that.

      MLB could grant them an extended rehab assignment or he could just stay on the DL if he is really still hurt.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:31 AM

        Thank you for the information paperlions.

      • Steve A - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        Given how little time A Rod spent in the minors, he may have options left. However, he would have to agree to being optioned because he has enough MLB service time to reject the option.

        Dontrelle Willis had options left in 2008 when the Tigers wanted to send him down to A ball. He agreed to go in that situation.

        Seeing as there are other provisions in place, however, I don’t expect this to come into play.

      • paperlions - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        Options run out whether you use them or not.

        Willis agreed to be sent down:

        “On June 10, 2008, Willis was sent down to Single-A Lakeland, a day after a start in which he gave up eight earned runs and five base on balls in 1⅓ innings pitched against the Cleveland Indians. Though Willis had enough service time in the major leagues to require his consent prior to the send-down, he agreed, saying he needed to work on his control.”

      • Steve A - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        Options run out when they’re used up. However, players who accumulate enough service time earn the ability to block the option to the minors. An option is only used when a player is on the 40 man roster, but not on the 25 man active roster (for more than 10 days, I believe) or the DL. A player who joins the big league team for good before his options are used up continues to have options attached to him.

        Willis had options left, but had the requisite service time to block the use of an option. He agreed, though, to allow the Tigers to use an option.

      • Steve A - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        Also, the only way to send a player down to the minors without putting him on waivers is for the player to have options. Willis wasn’t put on waivers in 2008, meaning he had an option left.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      I don’t know about Alex in 20 days but what I do know is this, The jays will still be in last place in the AL East in 20 days!! And even you pc can take that to the bank baby! woooooooooooo!!!

  2. kjericho43 - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Both Braun and A-Rod have some really fishy shit going on. You can’t help but be suspicious of every move they make or don’t make. Am I wrong? No. Yes. Maybe.

    • ezthinking - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:19 AM

      Easy:
      You can help it.

      You can be wrong.

  3. norvturnersneck - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    They will not waive him. MLB will grant him more time. He is legitimately rehabbing from being shot in the butt with too many Roids/HGH.

  4. cackalackyank - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Shocking, just shocking.

  5. gibbyfan - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    They shoud see if they can trade him to one of the LA teams………even if they get nothing in return –just to unload the payroll

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Sorry, Cashman isn’t bright enough to make a tradeof that caliber. He usually makes a trade only if the Yankees eat a ton of payroll.

      Cherington on the other hand…

  6. pisano - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    No team will take him unless the Yankees pick up most of his remaining contract. If and when he comes back to the Yankees,the only thing he’ll contribute to is the strike out total of the team.

  7. harrycanyon - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    The guy is probably done. From what it seems, he has been doing some form of PEDs for quite a while. Maybe now that he isn’t on them, his body isn’t working anymore. Serves him right. Play with fire you might get burned, no one but himself to blame. He should just call it a career. His profile is big enough he will make good money doing something baseball related. Hard to feel sorry for the guy regardless of the outcome.
    (MLB should speed the process with a lengthy suspenion here soon anyway.)

  8. rbj1 - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    And the reason any other team would take him is . . .? What, eaxctly? Even if you only have to pay a pro-rated league minimum, why not give a shot to your AAA or AA thirdbaseman? Given all the negative publicity around Alex, why trade for a headache who may or may not be able to play at league average?

    Yankees are stuck with him, David Adams is not ready to play MLB, Alex would pass through waivers and would accept a minor league rehab. He’s been playing pro-ball for over half his life, it’s all he knows.

  9. pbennett77 - Jul 12, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Only 3 strikeouts! Bring him up, now. It’s not going to get much better.

  10. philyeagles5 - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Well sorry Arod it’s over

  11. garryjercia - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Can’t they just call him up to be a bench guy for a day or so?

  12. lawrinson20 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Saw him ‘running’ down the first base line in the early rehab game. The guy looks ‘fat’ now. All around the hips, thighs, and midsection. Not ‘strong’ — but, fat and cumbersome. I can’t imagine he’d make it through the balance of the season, even if he were to come back on time. A slide, a couple of awkward steps, a dive at third base…. His next injury is only a matter of ‘When,’ and ‘If’ it happens before he’s suspended.

    The guy is a major POS, and it’s only justice to have his star fall in a cloud of $hit dust and arrogance.

  13. stlouis1baseball - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    He may not be ready! He may not be ready! What do you mean? What are we gonna’ do?
    Oh…lord. Say it ain’t so!

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