It’s very possible Alex Rodriguez will never come to spring training, but the Yankees insist they didn’t instruct him to stay away so he wouldn’t become a colossal distraction.
When Joe Girardi announced yesterday that Rodriguez wouldn’t be with the club for the first full-squad workout Monday, it wasn’t hard to think the Yankees told Rodriguez, who has been linked to a shady anti-aging clinic in Miami that is being investigated by MLB, to stay away.
However, GM Brian Cashman pointed to Rodriguez’s extended rehab in Colorado following right hip surgery in 2009 as the blueprint being followed this time.
“Look back at that hip surgery that Dr. [Marc] Philippon did,’’ Cashman said. “He was in Colorado for a long time. This [plan] was predetermined before this stuff. It makes more sense for him to stay in New York with his doctor and physical therapist.’’
Rodriguez, however, is currently recovering at his Miami home and isn’t scheduled to go to New York for more intensive rehab until the end of the month or early March.
With Rodriguez away from Tampa, he won’t be a physical daily distraction and that has to be OK with the Yankees, who owe him $114 million across the next five seasons and don’t know when he is going to return from left hip surgery performed on Jan. 16.
Though the Yankees say they didn’t order Rodriguez to stay away from the team, it certainly is convenient.
“He will not be [in camp],’’ Girardi said of Rodriguez being absent at least at the beginning. “He will continue to rehab in New York where he has been rehabbing. He is not ready to do anything from a baseball standpoint. He will continue his rehab under doctors orders in New York.’’
Asked if there was a time when Rodriguez, fifth on the all-time home run list with 647, might show, Girardi said, “I don’t have a date for that.’’
According to Rodriguez’s spokesman Terry Fahn, “Alex continues to work diligently on his rehab.’’
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