If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of Alex Rodriguez at spring training, you’d better cancel that trip to Florida.
A-Rod will not be joining the Yankees at Steinbrenner Field for the foreseeable future, as manager Joe Girardi revealed Tuesday that the embattled third baseman will be recovering from hip surgery in New York.
“He will continue to rehab in New York, where he’s been rehabbing,” Girardi said. “He’s not really ready to do anything with us yet from a baseball standpoint, so he’ll continue his rehab under a doctor’s order in New York.”
With his team’s biggest distraction more than 1,000 miles away, Girardi welcomed his pitchers and catchers to Steinbrenner Field to begin another spring training.
The manager fielded questions on topics ranging from the catching situation to the health of Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera to the loss of more than 100 home runs from last season’s lineup.
But in the 27-minute session, A-Rod was always the focal point.
Rodriguez has been in the headlines for the past two weeks for his alleged involvement with Anthony Bosch and Biogenesis, Bosch’s Miami anti-aging clinic. Girardi said he has spoken with Rodriguez, but their conversations have been about his rehab, not his scandal.
“I mean, there’s really not a lot to talk about,” Girardi said. “I’ve had my discussions with Alex and 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, too, is to get him healthy.”
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Alex Rodriguez rehabbing in New York says Yankees manager Joe Girardi; latest scandal won’t be a distraction
New York Daily News | Feb 13