Ready, Set, Play-Rod: A-Rod’s return to game action imminent

By on June 24, 2013
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Alex Rodriguez makes plenty of headlines off the field this season. He could be back in pinstripes very soon, as he is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday.

For the last six months, Alex Rodriguez has been linked almost daily to a shady Coral Gables anti-aging clinic and its founder, Anthony Bosch, but there is finally some good news for the star-crossed Yankee: he has been medically cleared to play in rehab games beginning July 1.

Rodriguez, who is embroiled in Major League Baseball’s investigation into alleged steroid provider Anthony Bosch, can return to game action a week from Monday, according to his doctors, and is expected to join the Yankees’ Single-A team in Tampa, where he has been rehabbing since hip surgery in January.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman told the Daily News Sunday that while he hasn’t discussed an exact date for A-Rod’s return to game action, “it sounds like it’s on schedule. He’s been running, throwing, fielding, and I know it’s approaching. It’s coming.”

Rodriguez would begin his minor league rehab assignment in Tampa, then would presumably move up the line, according to Cashman, to “Trenton, then Scranton. Normally, position players need 50-75 at-bats, or 20 games.”

Rodriguez rehabs in Tampa while under PED scrutiny.

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Rodriguez rehabs in Tampa while under PED scrutiny.

The Yankees are quietly watching MLB’s investigation into Bosch, whose now-defunct Biogenesis clinic is at the heart of one of the biggest steroid scandals in baseball history: Bosch’s star client reportedly is Rodriguez, who has adamantly denied getting PEDs from Bosch. The Daily News reported on Jan. 26 that MLB was looking into Bosch and at A-Rod’s possible association with him. The Miami New Times reported three days later that Rodriguez’s name was linked to documents from Bosch’s clinic, along with an array of performance-enhancing drugs and amounts owed for them, and other reports have subsequently linked him to Bosch, who is cooperating with MLB’s investigation.

According to Cashman, the team thoroughly supports baseball’s investigation, and will simply await its conclusion before deciding how to proceed with A-Rod or any other Yankee linked to the investigation.

“All we can do is rehab the player,” Cashman said. “We 110% support the commissioner’s efforts. Their efforts are our efforts. Anyone guilty of cheating the game needs to go down, whether they’re a Yankee or not a Yankee. It’ll get resolved one way or the other. We’re waiting. All we can do is play the players we have.”

Meanwhile, according to a source close to the situation, Rodriguez denies summoning Bosch to Detroit last fall as Rodriguez endured a miserable slump in the American League Championship Series.

A-Rod could be waving goodbye to his rehab assignment and saying hello to the Bronx soon.

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A-Rod could be waving goodbye to his rehab assignment and saying hello to the Bronx soon.

The Miami New Times reported last week that according to a former associate of Bosch’s, Porter Fischer, Bosch had told him that A-Rod had summoned Bosch to Detroit. Fischer said he confronted Bosch about money he said Bosch owed him when Bosch returned from Detroit after the Yankees were swept by the Tigers, a series in which A-Rod went 1-for-9.

According to the source, Rodriguez neither summoned nor saw Bosch in Detroit. Rodriguez was blood-tested by baseball “at about 5 o’clock before Game 4” of the series against the Tigers, the source said, and passed the test. He was also blood-tested on Jan. 24 of this year, the source said.

Following the New Times report linking him to Bosch, A-Rod denied through a representative having a relationship with the self-professed “biochemist,” who reportedly also held himself out as a doctor.

“The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch is not true,” the rep said. “Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. Bosch’s patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him.”


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