NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One player in the Yankees’ locker room is beyond frustrated with the nonstop drama surrounding Alex Rodriguez.
And he says his teammates are over it, too.
“Guys are just tired of it,” an unnamed Yankees player told the New York Daily News. “The media circus that’s revolving around Alex is insane — and we haven’t even seen him. It just keeps going. It’s like a carousel that just keeps going around and around and around. At some point, it has to stop.”
The fourth-place Bombers could use A-Rod in their lineup. But there’s a whole lot more than pop that comes with Rodriguez, embroiled in Major League Baseball’s latest performance-enhancing drugs scandal and reportedly convinced the Yankees are out to get him.
“I would like his bat in the lineup,” the player told the Daily News. “We could obviously use it because the potential for some home runs would help us a lot. But with the circus that’s surrounding him right now, I don’t think anybody wants that.”
The latest and perhaps most bizarre twist in the A-Rod saga came Wednesday, when a doctor retained by A-Rod went on WFAN radio to announce the 37-year-old had no apparent injury present on his MRI.
A-Rod, who complained of quad soreness over the weekend, had planned to make his 2013 debut Monday upon the conclusion of his rehab assignment from offseason hip surgery. He received an MRI and was shut down by the Yankees on Sunday.
Dr. Michael Gross of Hackensack University Medical Center never physically examined A-Rod, however, which was later pointed out in a statement by general manager Brian Cashman.
Cashman also said Rodriguez never informed the Yankees that he was going to receive a second opinion, a violation of the collective bargaining agreement.
Rodriguez is expected to be given a lengthy ban for his ties to Biogenesis, the closed anti-aging clinic in Florida accused of distributing PEDs. He admitted in 2009 to using PEDs from 2001-03, but has denied the latest accusations. On Monday, Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun accepted a 65-game suspension from MLB for his part in the scandal.
According to the Daily News, there’s no shortage of Yankees who think A-Rod “should suffer the consequences” if MLB finds the third baseman in violation of the league’s drug policies.
“When it’s all said and done, you’ll hear more than enough comments from the guys in here,” the anonymous Yankee said. “You’ll be able to write it for weeks.”
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