Alex Rodriguez staying in New York
Alex Rodriguez will not go with the Yankees to spring training. Instead, he will remain in New York to continue with his rehabilitation after his January 16 surgery.
The Associated Press reports that Rodriguez is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break.
It is probably a good idea for Rodriguez to lay low in New York after the article that came out accusing him of buying PEDs. He declined the allegations but he did admit in 2001-2003 to using PEDs while playing for the Texas Rangers.
The Star-Ledger reports that in response to being asked if he has talked to Rodriguez about the allegations and what he has said, manager Joe Girardi said, “I didn’t really talk about that. Because I know that MLB has to go through what they have to go through.
Girardi continued, “I talked to him about his rehab. I saw him at Yankee Stadium a couple times during the course of the winter. I saw him on the bike. I saw him moving around, getting off his crutches, doing things that he needed to do. And that’s what I focused on. Because until MLB does their thing, I don’t really feel the need to talk about it.”
He was also asked about how he will handle the Rodriguez “distractions.”
His replied, “I mean, there’s really not a lot to talk about. I’ve had my discussions with Alex. I’ve talked about his rehab, and how he’s doing. He’s making progress there. MLB has to go through its steps before any of us are really going to be aware of anything. But my concern is getting him healthy. And that’s what I’ll focus on. And I think that’s our team’s focus to, to get him healthy.”
He also says that if Rodriguez had not been accused of buying PEDs he still would remain in New York for rehab.
There certainly will be more talk about Rodriguez and his rehab, the allegations against him, and when he will return to the game.