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Not so fast: GM says Alex Rodriguez is not skipping Yankees’ final series

Sep 26, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

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UPDATE: General manager Brian Cashman denied the New York Daily News report linked below, calling it “not accurate” and telling Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger that Rodriguez has not asked to skip the final road trip.

UPDATE #2: Joe Girardi also chimed in, saying he expects Rodriguez to be in Houston because “he does not have permission to not be there.”

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Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News reports that Alex Rodriguez will not travel with the Yankees to Houston for the last series of the season, skipping the final three games in order to prepare for an arbitration hearing surrounding his performance-enhancing drug suspension.

According to Thompson the Yankees granted Rodriguez permission with the hearing scheduled for next week, which means it’s possible that tonight’s game against the Rays at Yankee Stadium could be A-Rod’s final game in a Yankees uniform for … well, a while.

Rodriguez is facing a 211-game suspension, but has been able to resume playing for the Yankees while his appeal is pending and hit .244 with seven homers and a .771 OPS in 44 games. That’s the lowest OPS of Rodriguez’s career, but still ranks third among all Yankees with at least 100 plate appearances this season behind only Robinson Cano and Alfonso Soriano.

Calcaterra wrote earlier this week about Rodriguez’s legal team, which could be costing him six figures per month.

  1. DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Uhhhhh….are these three days of “preparation” really going to make a difference?

  2. maritime85 - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    they just announced on wfan this story isn’t true

    • fanofevilempire - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      I think the Yankees are just fucking with him, what can you do.

    • nbjays - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      So what else is new? The Yankees have been fucking with A-Rod for months now.

  3. vanmorrissey - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    I’d agree with the Yankees also if it means he won’t get paid due to ‘off the field’ issues. Should not get paid since it was his request to not go to ‘work.’

  4. 950003cups - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    He didn’t show up for 3 years. What’s another 3 days.

  5. johnnysoda - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    I doubt the 211 game suspension will hold up, because it’s based on the assumption he would bend over and take a suspension for the rest of this year and all of next year.

    If he starts serving it at the start of next year, it looks ridiculously arbitrary. I mean, if he had been suspended a week before, would it be 218 games? Would it be 204 if it happened a week later? Makes no sense.

  6. joestemme - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    F#$K A-Roid.

  7. thesmedman - Sep 26, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    If I’m the Yankees, much as I know it hurts from a pride and financial POV, I practically pay this guy.To. Go. Away.

  8. billybawl - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Wait. Did Cashman just come to the defense of Rodriguez?

  9. bosoxfan15 - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Why would the Yanks want him to prepare for his hearing. They want him to lose so they won’t need to pay him next season to reset their luxury tax.

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