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Cashman: A-Rod will not be ready to play until some time in August at the earliest

Jul 25, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

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Regardless of Alex Rodriguez‘s desired schedule and no matter how fine he thinks he is, Brian Cashman has different ideas.

Mark Feinsand of the Daily News just tweeted that Cashman said that A-Rod was seen by a team-approved doctor in Tampa who went over his MRI and concurred that A-Rod has a grade 1 quad strain. The team had a conference call with A-Rod and his camp in which they discussed a rehab protocol. That protocol: A-Rod will continue his rehab work through July 31. If there are no setbacks, he will play in a rehab game or a simulated game on August 1.

Cashman added that while A-Rod might want to be back this Friday, such a schedule “wouldn’t be responsible.”

They know his health better than any of us do. But why do I still feel like Cashman is stalling for time. Or stalling for Bud Selig? And that this little A-Rod drama of the past couple of days has been designed to blow that plan up?

  1. sdelmonte - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    I have been wondering…if A-Rod is banned for life, the Yankees get to keep their money, right? If so, would that then mean A-Rod’s contract doesn’t count against the $189 million in determining the luxury tax? Or, since in theory a banned player can apply for reinstatement, would the contract still exist?

    This is, to the best of my knowledge, only the second time that a player in the post-reserve clause era faces a lifetime ban. And the ban on Steve Howe didn’t last, and I am pretty sure Howe wasn’t owed years of guaranteed money.

    My best guess is that strictly from a money PoV, there are people in the Bronx rooting for A-Rod to get the “death penalty.”

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      I like how this went, please behave like adults and keep everything in house, everybody!

  2. brianforster - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    It’s been pretty clear from the beginning that the Yankees are going to do everything in their power to prevent Rodriguez from playing again to collect on that insurance policy.

  3. nygf - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    What a disgrace. Not only did they spend half a billion dollars that offseason prior to winning the 2009 World Series, their top performer in the playoffs was this guy. Phillies fans must be spinning.

    Mystic and Aura indeed.

    • nygf - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      *Mystique…you know what I meant.

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        yeah, too bad but the Yankees still keep the world series trophy for 2009, fuck
        those Phillies fan!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      Why would the Phillies fans be spinning, because they lost to a superior team?

    • apkyletexas - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Could have been worse. They could have paid him $659,793 per RBI.

      That honor goes to the Mets in the Jason Bay $64 million dollar deal. Of which they still have to pay him $21 million. Even though he now plays for a different team.

      • apkyletexas - Jul 25, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        By comparison, Alex Rodriguez, even if he never gets another Yankee RBI and gets paid all the rest of his money under his contract, will have only been paid $367,041 per RBI – or roughly half of what the Mets paid Jason Bay per RBI.

  4. thebadguyswon - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Exactly. This is way too transparent. They don’t want him to play, so they are waiting until his suspension is announced.

  5. wheels579 - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    It’s times like these that I miss The Boss the most.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Oh, man…

      Could you IMAGINE ’70s-era Steinbrenner dealing with A-Rod?

      I would KILL to see that.

  6. Doug - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Man, it really is a shame the Yankess were forced against their will to give A-Rod a huge contract through 2017.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Well, according to the numerous ‘Cashman apologists’ who troll this site, the Steinbrenner bros ‘forced’ him to sign a-roid to that stupid contract.

      Like Gotti, ‘teflon Cashman’ can do no wrong!

      • Kevin S. - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        Seriously, what the fuck is your problem? It has nothing to do with apologizing for Cashman, it was well-reported at the time that Hank signed him to that deal over Cashman’s objections. If you want to rip Cashman for a terrible long-term deal, have at the Teixeira contract. I don’t get your myopic obsession with railing against every little mistake he’s made, but at least make sure that you’re blaming him for contracts he was actually responsible for, i.e. not A-Rod, Raffy Soriano or Jeter’s current deal.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        Ladies and gentlemen, a perfect example of my point posted above.

        I have no problems at all. Cashm…whoops…the Steinbrenner bros are reaping what they’ve sown.

        Have fun with all those huge contracts that teflon cashman had nothing to dowith at all.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        He’s a troll Kevin, just ignore him. Every post turns into a Cashman bash from Burt Reynolds here.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        Its ok to ignore if you’d like…plenty of others are interested in the truth.

        I’ll give you cats credit…you cashman apologists stick together something fierce.

        Burt Renyolds? What are you, like 70 yrs old, ha ha?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        plenty of others are interested in the truth.

        Cashman has made bad moves, but you continue to blame Cashman on trades/signings he had no hand in. You’ve been called out on this before, but continue to post it.

        Burt Renyolds? What are you, like 70 yrs old, ha ha?

        Yeah, I’m sure you happened to come up with this name on your own, and didn’t rip off SNL’s Celebrity Jeopardy:

      • Glenn - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:28 PM

        How does one use Turd Ferguson as a handle and then not know the Burt Reynolds connection? Some stupid is stupider than others.

  7. stoutfiles - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    This is tough. I don’t like A-Rod or the Yankees. I’m not sure what I’d enjoy more, having A-Rod banned from baseball and lose 100+ million dollars, or have the Yankees tortured with this guy for years to come.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Psst, the right answer is the torture.

    • Old Gator - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      The latter. Definitely, the latter. It would be a gift that kept on giving.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        Hell, I’m a Yankee fan and I want them to have to pay every cent they owe him. They shouldn’t get a get-out-of-jail-free card to cover for Hank being a fantastic dipshit.

  8. bills399 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    for all of the Yankee haters bashing the contract…….the Yankees resigned him before they knew he was juicing. he was on pace to surpass the home run record and since the Yankees basically created the home run record it would have been great for baseball for a “clean” player to own the record, not a cheater.
    unfortunately after the contract was signed the steroids surrounding arod came out, the record now didn’t matter because he was dirty.
    I am sure the yanks didn’t think he was going to be hitting 50 home runs by the end of his contract, but no way they predicted he would disintegrate this quickly and to the extent that he has.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Yeah, who could have EVER surmised back in 2007 that a guy putting up numbers like A-Rod was MIGHT be juicing?


      • fm31970 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        Not us.


        Sammy Souser and Mike McGuire

    • maxabrams1704 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      Ya how could the yankees have known a player might break down in his age 35-42 years? It’s not like almost every player in the past 100+ years has broken down during this time in their career (or usually earlier). Juicing or not, it was a dumb contract, and they were going to have to eat their crow eventually

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      “the Yankees basically created the home run record..”

      And Yankee fans still wonder why they’re perceived as arrogant and entitled???

      Its ok thou, the rest of baseball fans will surely enjoy seeing the Yankees in 4th-5th place in the AL East for the next half decade.

  9. chip56 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    “But why do I still feel like Cashman is stalling for time. Or stalling for Bud Selig? And that this little A-Rod drama of the past couple of days has been designed to blow that plan up?”

    Because you know what the rest of us know – that when a team is struggling as much as the Yankees are offensively, if they wanted to play Alex (and wanted to win), and Alex was telling them that he’s fine – they would activate him and at the very least DH him. That the Yankees won’t do this says that they have no intention of playing Alex and that they’re rooting for either MLB to take the decision out of their hands by suspending him or they’re contemplating going all Nancy Kerrigan/Tanya Harding on his knee…

  10. jayscarpa - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    I thought I was jaded.

  11. rob0527 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Yankees know that a long suspension is on it’s way, so they r doing everything to delay him playing 1 inning thus year. Coincidence that he and Jeter have have injury, I think not.

  12. lessick - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I want A-Rod to invite the press to a driveway workout with Terrell Owens.

  13. 13arod - Jul 25, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    sdelmontethey they cant ban arod from mlb because u have to fail 3 drug tests to be banned and he hasnt failed a drug test

    • fm31970 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      I think Braun’s suspension showed us the rules don’t always apply, and A-Rod is going to be MLB’s whipping boy.

      Does anyone here honestly think he’s ever going to play for the Yankees again?

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