Brian Cashman actually spoke to Alex Rodriguez on Tuesday night. Oh, heavens. And — get this — A-Rod is “doing well” according to the GM.
“He’s doing a lot of work,” Cashman said. A-Rod also watched the game on television on Tuesday and through A.J Burnett looked good.
Rodriguez has been in Colorado since March 4, being treated for a torn hip labrum at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic. He had surgery on March 9.
The official target date to have Rodriguez back in pinstripes is May 16. He is expected back in Tampa around April 1. That’s when he’ll start baseball-specific workouts. Many around the team think he’ll be back earlier.
Meanwhile, the well-connected Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Yankees had “serious discussions” with A-Rod about his assorted stupid acts. That must have taken a week.
Which is fine, that is what they should have done. But unless there is a specific clause in his deal prohibiting clownish antics (and there is not, alas), it’s all just talk. If Rodriguez wants to be popular, he should get some hits in October instead of hiring Hollywood phonies and smooching mirrors. It’s really not all that complicated.