New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was enraged when he found out on Tuesday that Alex Rodriguez, who may soon be suspended by Major League Baseball for potentially having used performance-enhancing drugs again, tweeted that he was ready to play baseball again.
“You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman told ESPN after being informed of Rodriguez’s tweet. “Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”
Rodriguez responded on Wednesday: “I will continue to work hard until my efforts get me back in pinstripes and help my team win. The tweet was pure excitement about Dr. Kelly’s prognosis.”
Rodriguez, who just recently opened a Twitter account, had tweeted, “Visit from Dr. [Bryan] Kelly over the weekend, who gave me the best news – the green light to play games again!”
The tweet seem to partly contradict Cashman’s comments on Monday, when the general manager said, “He has not been cleared by our doctors to play in rehab games yet … He’s getting closer. There’s no doubt about it. But we don’t have a date for him to start playing games yet. It could be July 1. It could also be July 5 or maybe June 25.”
Cashman and Yankees management may have been incensed because the Yankees owe Rodriguez nearly $100 million over the next four years and may try to recoup some of that money from insurance if Rodriguez does not fully recover. But the Yankees would not be able to do so if Rodriguez admits that he is healthy enough to play.