NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Alex Rodriguez isn’t coming back to the field yet, and he’s facing additional punishment.
The New York Yankees intend to discipline Alex Rodriguez for seeking a second medical opinion on his injured leg without their permission, a person familiar with the team’s deliberations said Thursday.
The exact penalty had not yet been determined, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because no statements were authorized. According to CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, the punishment will come in the form of a fine.
The person also said that during a conference call Thursday, the Yankees and Rodriguez agreed to a timetable that would have the third baseman resume minor league rehabilitation games or simulated games next Thursday.
Rodriguez chatted with WFAN host Mike Francesa on Thursday evening, and when he was asked if he trusts the Yankees, he paused before saying, “I’d rather not get into that.”
“I told (Brian) Cashman and Randy (Levine) that I’m ready to play, that I want to play tomorrow,” A-Rod told Francesa. “I made it very clear … Obviously I’m very, very disappointed because I thought tomorrow night would be the perfect night to come back and get in the lineup.”
When asked why his lawyer was on the conference call, Rodriguez explained, “I just wanted to make sure that everything was documented properly.”
Rodriguez, who has been sidelined since hip surgery in January, issued a statement earlier in the day saying he wanted to be activated for Friday’s homestand opener against Tampa Bay. But that apparently wasn’t in the Yankees plans.