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Rodriguez won’t return before early August

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 25, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex RodriguezAlex Rodriguez will not be in the Yankees lineup this weekend, and will not be cleared for so much as a simulated game before August 1.

In a Thursday afternoon conference call, Brian Cashman said that Dr. Dan Murphy — an orthopedist the Yankees often use in Tampa – had reviewed Rodriguez’s most recent MRI and concurred with Dr. Christopher Ahmad’s previous diagnosis of a Grade 1 quadriceps strain. Dr. Murphy went on to further evaluate Rodriguez and found there was “clearly some improvement.” The team’s head athletic trainer, Tim Lentych, laid out a rehab plan as follows.

Thursday — Friday
Further treatment with light conditioning
Saturday — Wednesday
“More functional work” at the minor league complex
Thursday, August 1
Either a simulated game or a minor league rehab game

Cashman said Rodriguez could be back in the Major League lineup in early August.

“I can’t tell you anything past the August 1 date,” Cashman said. “If everything goes right, I don’t think you’re looking at much longer past that date. We just need to cross off every box needs to be checked.”

It’s worth noting that the Yankees laid out their rehab plan in a conference call with Rodriguez, who had one of his lawyers on the call. Also on the call were Cashman, Lentych and Randy Levine. Cashman wouldn’t comment on the unusual step of a player having a lawyer on a conference call to discuss a rehab plan. He also declined to comment on whether the Yankees are going to discipline Rodriguez for yesterday’s actions and for seeking a second opinion without the Yankees signing off on the decision.

A team source said discipline is likely, but no final decision has been made.

“(Rodriguez) understands the process,” Cashman said.”He reiterated on his end that players just want to play, and obviously if it was his choice, he’d be out there Friday. But that’s not responsible.”

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75 Responses to “Rodriguez won’t return before early August”

  1. kd July 25th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    suspension’s going to be handed down by then

  2. Jesus Bustero July 25th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Sweet.

  3. blake July 25th, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Nate (STL)

    Fair to say most fans and people in baseball want A-Rod to go away? Its obvious to everyone that the Yankees don’t want him why doesn’t he get that?
    Klaw (1:41 PM)

    It’s so terrible of him to want to play baseball and to earn the money he’s owed. I should go compare him to murderous mob boss or something.

  4. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Have they had leadoff runner on every inning?

  5. DAM23 July 25th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Why are you reading Keith Law? That dude is an arrogant and condescending moron.

  6. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Whoa. Two hitters can hit back to back base hits! Forgot that was allowed.

  7. UpState July 25th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    1 out….

    get at least a Sac Fly !!!

    Give us that popup swing now !

  8. blake July 25th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Vern has very quietly not sucked as much lately….hittnig ..321 in July

  9. UpState July 25th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Thank goodness the SS had to spin !!!

  10. blake July 25th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Marc Carig ?@MarcCarig 1m
    Heard this: Yankees have decided punishment is to send A-Rod to Dr. Kevorkian for fourth opinion.

  11. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Good enough

  12. blake July 25th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    offensive explosion!

  13. UpState July 25th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    CLOD !

  14. Hassey July 25th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Oh baby

    we are definitely winning it all this year

  15. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Was worth a shot.
    At least someone was trying something

  16. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Easy guys dont blow all your runs here, we still have the rays this weekend.

  17. MG July 25th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    blake July 25th, 2013 at 4:36 pm
    offensive explosion!
    ———————-
    hey, they are 1.5 runs above the Over/Under line, that should guarantee a win…

  18. Hassey July 25th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    does anyone in MLB know how to steal bases anymore?

  19. Shame Spencer July 25th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Oh is this like the VIP..? I like it when we have a VIP thread to post in.

  20. Hassey July 25th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    back behind the rope, miss

  21. bruceb July 25th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Two runs = a veritable feast.

  22. MG July 25th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    They should get a piece of velcro for Nunez’ head and put the other one inside the helmet, how does it come off his head every time and never off anyone elses?

  23. mick July 25th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Now that its moot and alex not coming back before Aug 1, why not just let Nunez stay at SS and DH Jeter? maybe a game there Sunday…then 1 in LA.
    Nunez has to stay in lineup.
    Romine emerging…

  24. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Kuroda has to be in the early cy young discussion.
    They showed with felix that record doesnt matter

  25. Hassey July 25th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    if Detroit still had Dmitri Young, would they have to sit him on the other side of the plane from Fatso?

  26. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Agreed. Let jeter dh.

  27. Shame Spencer July 25th, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Watching games on Game Day is the most depressing thing I’ve done in a while..

  28. Chip July 25th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Again, if you’re Alex then whatever minor discipline the CBA allows teams to hand out for seeking a second opinion without notifying the team was worth it.

    At this point, as much as I love and have always loved the Yankees, I hope Alex shoves it down their throats as long as he’s able to. They (meaning the team) have acted like children this year in dealing with him. They have made it painfully obvious that even when he make innocuous statements they are going to have the hatchets out for him. They’re painting him into a corner and hoping that he retires. What Hal, Levine and Cashman have failed to realize is that they have absolutely no leverage on Alex.

    It’s painfully obvious that they’re hoping that MLB suspends Alex before he has a chance to get on the field, and this 8/1 deadline of Cashman’s is clearly an attempt by Hal to recoup money via insurance (as the NY Times spelled out earlier – if Alex misses 4 months of the season insurance covers 33% of his contract for the year).

    I miss the old Yankees, the team who cared about winning more than about money. George made billions upon billions but he didn’t pinch to get there. Do the Yankees have a right to be ticked off at A-Roid? Certainly. They signed him to that ugly contract with the notion that it would pay for itself when they were able to market the “Clean HR King.” But that doesn’t excuse what they’re doing. If they cared about winning then when he said he was healthy they would have put his butt on a plane and gotten his bat into the lineup where they need it. Even if he’s only 80% that’s still far better than anything that Luis Cruz, David Adams, Brent Lillibridge can put together.

  29. Doreen July 25th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Romine does finally look good, doesn’t he? Hopefully he gets more playing time. He’s now earned it, I think. But, hey, they don’t ask me. ;)

  30. Chip July 25th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    blake July 25th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Vern has very quietly not sucked as much lately….hittnig ..321 in July
    ————

    But zero power. Which is what they desperately need.

  31. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Chip the only wrench in your theory is the yankees were set to activate alex this past monday. Had alex not complained about his quad, he wouldhave returned monday.

  32. exiledintampa July 25th, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Wow that was the sweetest curve to end the inning I’ve seen in awhile.

  33. Frankg July 25th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I hope they exercise as much caution with Jeter’s return, as they are with ARod. Unfortunately, they have a double standard with Jeter, it seems.

  34. Chip July 25th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Just make the friggin Soriano deal – try to get Navarro thrown in

  35. mick July 25th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Yanks win this battle and no freak show with Jeter/Alex dual return for Matsui weekend.
    The Yankees Win…..Theeeeeeeeee Yankeeeeeeeees Winnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Chip July 25th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Chip the only wrench in your theory is the yankees were set to activate alex this past monday. Had alex not complained about his quad, he wouldhave returned monday.
    ——————-

    I promise you that they would have found some reason to keep him off the active roster.

  37. DONNYBROOK July 25th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Adams is swinging the bat a lot better Now, than when he was demoted.

  38. mick July 25th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    If they cared about winning then when he said he was healthy they would have put his butt on a plane and gotten his bat into the lineup where they need it.
    =======================
    Chip, do you believe a word the guy says?

  39. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Why navarro? Our catcher is starting to hit.

  40. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Wow walked melky mesa.
    Who would have seen that coming

  41. mick July 25th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    It’s painfully obvious that they’re hoping that MLB suspends Alex before he has a chance to get on the field, and this 8/1 deadline of Cashman’s is clearly an attempt by Hal to recoup money via insurance (as the NY Times spelled out earlier – if Alex misses 4 months of the season insurance covers 33% of his contract for the year).
    ============================
    If they can use this money toward this or next year why not?

  42. Shame Spencer July 25th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I wouldn’t expect Vern to keep it up but I’d sure be happy if he did.

    Chip – I’ve been trying to find that NYT article since this morning, does anyone have the link handy?

  43. DONNYBROOK July 25th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Winning should be secondary to making it clear the Yanks will Not support a PED user. The actions of the Yankees regarding A-Rod resonates throughout the organization

  44. exiledintampa July 25th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    If Mesa could shorten his swing. He’s shown excellent plate dicipline. he’s so close yet so far away from being there.

  45. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Romine pushing the mendoza line……

  46. mick July 25th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    August Romaine with the lettuce…

  47. mick July 25th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Cone: Romine up to 193!

  48. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Ok mo, lets do this!!!

  49. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    They need to make romine dress like a big head of lettuce on rookie hazing day in september…

  50. Niblick July 25th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Romine’s gonna be off the interstate soon.

  51. mick July 25th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    You can be sure AFraud was pushing his return for his own personal gain.
    Compare that to Jeter.
    He is the Anti-Jeter.

  52. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    3 hits probably earned romine 3 days on the bench. Right joe?

  53. Nick in SF July 25th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I don’t want to make anybody cry, but the actual O/U on Yankee runs was 3.5.

  54. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Never take the over in runs scored for the 2013 yankees

  55. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    That would have been close at first on a clean play

  56. UpState July 25th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    That’s an error, Nunez, not a hit….home scorer would rather give batter a hit.

    Sheeeeesh !

  57. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I dont know if it is good or bad, but we never lose by much.
    All our games are close.

  58. Chip July 25th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    mick July 25th, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    If they cared about winning then when he said he was healthy they would have put his butt on a plane and gotten his bat into the lineup where they need it.
    =======================
    Chip, do you believe a word the guy says?
    ———————–

    Cashman? No. But in fairness I don’t care if he lies to the fans 99.9% of the time. I have no expectation that Brian is going to share with the fan base and media his true feelings when he’s being asked about players or decisions – in fact it’s the times where I think he’s being honest that I’m most mortified (such as when he talked right after the Montero trade about almost instantly having buyers’ remorse).

    On the other hand, if you meant do I believe Alex when he says he feels healthy enough to play? Yes I do because I believe that all his crap aside, the one place in his life where he’s comfortable is on the field. It’s the one thing that he gets enjoyment out of and he wants to go back to doing it.

  59. Frankg July 25th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    The Yankees will not support a PED user???? What about Andy Pettitte?

  60. DONNYBROOK July 25th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I know Beltre is slow, but from the outfield grass off the backhand, I doubt Nunez could of thrown him out.

  61. Chip July 25th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Why navarro? Our catcher is starting to hit.
    ————————–

    No no – our catcher is hitting a little right now, that’s different than “starting to hit” much like a blind squirrel can and often does find a nut Austin Romine is able to put together a couple of decent at bats.

    Look, I like Romine, I hope he does hit, but I don’t think he will right now.

  62. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Nunie should have taken that himself

  63. DONNYBROOK July 25th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    You see Adams barking at Beltre?

  64. Boston Jim July 25th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Christ nunny!

  65. UpState July 25th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    BLOCKHEAD.

  66. ac1 July 25th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Chip romine has his average up almost 100 points this month. That is hitting.

  67. Chambliss July 25th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I hear what you are saying Chip, but it is difficult to side with A-Rod on this. If the Yankees thought that they would get something out of A-Rod, they would have put him in the lineup. Sure, he hit a few home runs in the minors, but I don’t think that means too much.

    This has become a classic pissing contest between two sides with deep pockets. They will both hire lawyers, consultants and P.R. people to help win the war.

    If I were Steinbrenner, I would put A-Rod in the lineup at third and play him in every inning of every game until he said no mas.

    In the meantime, we have some farm system products who are showing some signs of promise today. Romine mashed a ball to center for a double, and Mesa is showing off some of his tools today. Losing sucks, but I would rather lose with guys like Romine and Mesa in the lineup. 3 hits for Romine today.

  68. mick July 25th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    On the other hand, if you meant do I believe Alex when he says he feels healthy enough to play? Yes I do because I believe that all his crap aside, the one place in his life where he’s comfortable is on the field. It’s the one thing that he gets enjoyment out of and he wants to go back to doing it.
    =========================
    Would you buy a used car from that man?

  69. DONNYBROOK July 25th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Adams told Beltre about that slide of his that almost went out into LF.

  70. Chip July 25th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    DONNYBROOK July 25th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Winning should be secondary to making it clear the Yanks will Not support a PED user. The actions of the Yankees regarding A-Rod resonates throughout the organization
    ———————-

    Hmmm…seems to me that the Yankees have and do support PED users:

    Andy
    Giambi
    Clemens
    Sheffield
    Colon
    Cervelli

    They recently signed Randy Ruiz and Fernando Martinez – both linked to Biogenesis

  71. DONNYBROOK July 25th, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Rangers go 2-5 on their 7 game home stand. Hahahahahahaha

  72. mick July 25th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Leave Lilly Pad at 3rd, Nuney at SS Jeter DH.

  73. comnsnse July 25th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Honestly who looks worse in this fiasco, the Yankees or Arod?

    How much more childish can the Yankees be or obvious as they try every tactic to discourage him from playing for the organization again?

    If he can play then play him,if he is injured again IR him, and finally if MLB has the goods on him let them handle it.

    At this point everyone STFU and move on!

    Can we talk about Romine’s career game and more playing time ,and the improved AB’s for Adams?

    Mesa is a fun guy to watch but he should be more advanced offensively and mentally by now!

    With better run support and sans Mo’s two blown saves Kuroda is a CY candidate. They should give him the money and a guaranteed option year!

  74. Captain Clutch July 25th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I doubt that Arod cares but he is really coming off like a moron.

    Does he really think that doing all of this in public is actually going to help him?

    Whoever is giving him advice, is giving him terrible advice.

  75. JT July 25th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    My sense is that the Yanks are holding him back because they know the other shoe is about to drop. Why have him with the MLB club when this all goes down. I understand where they’re coming from….


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