New York Yankees Shortstop Alex Rodriguez tweeted yesterday that his personal doctor has given him the green light to return to playing baseball. Apparently Yankees’ team doctors are yet to clear the 37 year old ball player however, and the tweet angered management as a result. Yankee General Manager (GM) Brian Cashman responded to the tweet by telling A-Rod to ‘Shut the f— up’ in an interview with ESPN New York.
Rodriguez is recovering form a left hip operation he underwent on January 16, and has recently been rehabbing at the Yankees training facility in Tampa, Florida. His progression has enabled him to take game situation batting practice for the first time since the injury on Monday.
Dr. Brian Kelly was the man who performed the hip surgery in New York, was the focus of A-Rods’ tweet. Posting a photo of the two meeting together, the top image on this post, reading “Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news – the green light to play games again!”
Visit from Dr. Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news – the green light to play games again! http://t.co/RuzfXOJjHI
— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) June 25, 2013
This message seemingly went against what the New York Yankees had been planning, as Manager Joe Girardi stated that he had no timetable for the stars comeback.
Cashman, the Yankees GM, told A-Rod to ‘Shut the f— up’ after hearing about it, visibly upset that his star would make such an announcement despite the fact that he has “not been cleared by our doctors.” Team doctors are the only folks with jurisdiction in A-Rod’s return to the field, and Dr. Kelly has no authority to make that call in Cashman’s mind.
Irked by A-Rod in his interview with ESPN New York, he explained that the tweet was false, stating that “you know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” he told ESPN New York prior to telling him to “shut the f— up.”
Joe Girardi, apparently more level headed in terms of this incident, explained his knowledge of the situation today. “I don’t tweet, and I really don’t follow Twitter. So I probably don’t really know much of what is going on. As far as I know he has not been cleared. There’s always a chain of command with injuries. There has to be and that’s the process. It goes through our training staff, our doctors and our GM and then it goes to me.”
Alex Rodriguez has a $28 million a year contract currently, and is yet to play in a game for the team this season. New to the Twitter world, it didn’t take A-Rod long to make headlines with his posts. In just his ninth tweet of his life, he irked his general manager to the point where he was told to ‘shut the f— up.’
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